Definition of poor white folk in English:

poor white folk


informal, derogatory US
  • As a mass noun or in plural. Originally in the language of African Americans of the southern United States: poor white people of low social status, especially when regarded as uneducated or uncultured.


poor white folk

/ˌpɔː ˈwʌɪt fəʊk/ /ˌpʊə ˈwʌɪt fəʊk/


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Port Folio. From poor white + folk, after white folks.