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  • noun Used as a disparaging term for a white person or white people of low socioeconomic status.

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  • noun US, idiomatic, pejorative, ethnic slur Poorly educated white people of low social status.

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  • noun (slang) an offensive term for White people who are impoverished


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A shortening, first attested in 1850, of poor white trash, which black slaves in the Southern United States were said to call white individuals who worked in servile positions (for example as butlers).


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  • Infectious word like swine flu. My friend is a cultural antropologist/librarian, Native Americans being her main subject and she loves this word. I have grown to love it, too, I noticed. White trash has left the building on Capitol Hill... Woohoo! Life is good.

    May 2, 2009