Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the lower socioeconomic classes.
  • adjective Vulgar or crude; common.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society. Contrasted with middle-class and upper-class.
  • adjective characteristic of the lower classes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society

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Examples

  • According to journalist Herbert Asbury, the author of Gangs of New York, the district was occupied “for the most part, by freed Negro slaves and low-class Irish” who “crowded indiscriminately into the old rookeries of the Points.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • You have broken through to red wines and you wonder why you ever bothered with that low-class swill.

    The Four Stages of Riesling

  • You have broken through to red wines and you wonder why you ever bothered with that low-class swill.

    Evan Dawson

  • I felt like the "Anonymous" comment was a sort of put-down that we are low-class enough to "know" people who would say such negative things to us, but I feel like even the best of us might be suprised to find ourselves having to interact with people like this someday, through no fault of our own.

    Homemaking Without Worry

  • Early on, "the flickers" were often regarded as tawdry, low-class entertainments for illiterate immigrants.

    Uptown Theaters Followed a Spiritual Path

  • You have broken through to red wines and you wonder why you ever bothered with that low-class swill.

    LENNDEVOURS:

  • The negative meaning is of poor, low-class, uneducated, disorganized and dirty people.

    Bird Cloud

  • As such, his low-class behavior for years is hard to excuse.

    Press freedom: Retreat from Moscow | Editorial

  • Well, leave it to a Republican to scrape the bottom of the low-class barrel.

    Wilson calls White House to apologize

  • Early on, "the flickers" were often regarded as tawdry, low-class entertainments for illiterate immigrants.

    Uptown Theaters Followed a Spiritual Path

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