One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Poor white people of low social status, especially when regarded as uneducated or uncultured. In earlier use, frequently in the language of African Americans of the southern United States.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of poor white people of low social status, especially when regarded as uneducated or uncultured.
Early 19th century. From poor + white trash. Compare slightly earlier poor white.
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