Definition of have-nots in English:

have-nots

plural noun

informal
  • Economically disadvantaged people.

    ‘lack of access to information will perpetuate the division between the haves and have-nots’
    • ‘He sees the police acting as a tool of the haves in society, working against the have-nots.’
    • ‘Disparities between the haves and the have-nots are subsumed in false responses.’
    • ‘The growing gulf between the haves and the have-nots has led the latter to take the law into their own hands.’
    • ‘And while the tax cuts for the haves are permanent, those for the have-nots are good for only one year.’
    • ‘I realised not only that there are the haves and the have-nots, but that the haves organise to make sure you don't get any of it.’
    • ‘The more extreme the income inequality, the greater the psychic distance between the have-nots and the haves.’
    • ‘Here's another way to look at it: The more the have-nots push, the more they lose.’
    • ‘They do not think that the gap between the haves and the have-nots was growing.’
    • ‘Kim Beazley is right to expose the tax cuts as being skewed to the haves over the have-nots, but he is wrong to make it his battleground.’
    • ‘What he wants to achieve is an alliance of the rich against the have-nots.’
    • ‘The average daily income of these have-nots is less than $1 a day.’
    • ‘They also claim the gap between the haves and the have-nots would become wider.’
    • ‘So a gap has been formed between the rich and the poor or the haves and the have-nots.’
    • ‘But what came out of those years was an ever-wider gap between the incomes and experiences of the haves and the have-nots.’
    • ‘It allows the gap between the haves and the have-nots, the strong and the weak, to grow.’
    • ‘John Edwards talked about two Americas divided by class, the haves and the have-nots.’
    • ‘You have got to stop this new tendency to make the poor, or the have-nots, pay for their problems.’
    • ‘Reynolds saw the inequity in society and understood the frustration and alienation of the have-nots.’
    • ‘For a change, try sharing with the have-nots and experience real joy and contentment.’
    • ‘As in France it looks like the ballot here will be an uprising of the have-nots against the haves.’

Pronunciation:

have-nots

/ˈhav ˌnäts/