propertyless wage-earning working-class blue-collar
low-class low-class adj. 1. Occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society. Contrasted with {middle-class} and {upper-class}. [Narrower terms: {propertyless, wage-earning, working-class, blue-collar}] Also See: {lowborn}, {proletarian}, {propertyless}.

Syn: lower-class (vs. upper-class). [WordNet 1.5]

2. characteristic of the lower classes. [Narrower terms: {non-U, vulgar}] PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • blue-collar — adjective 1. of or designating manual industrial work or workers (Freq. 1) • Ant: ↑white collar • Similar to: ↑industrial, ↑manual, ↑wage earning, ↑working class …   Useful english dictionary

  • wage-earning — adjective 1. working for hourly wages rather than fixed (e.g. annual) salaries working class occupations include manual as well as industrial labor • Syn: ↑working class • Similar to: ↑blue collar 2. of those who work for wages especially manual… …   Useful english dictionary

  • working-class — adjective 1. of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers (Freq. 1) party of the propertyless proletariat G.B.Shaw • Syn: ↑propertyless, ↑wage earning, ↑blue collar • Similar to: ↑lower class, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • propertyless — adjective of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers party of the propertyless proletariat G.B.Shaw • Syn: ↑wage earning, ↑working class, ↑blue collar • Similar to: ↑lower class, ↑low class …   Useful english dictionary

  • low-class — adj. 1. Occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society. Contrasted with {middle class} and {upper class}. [Narrower terms: {propertyless, wage earning, working class, blue collar}] Also See: {lowborn}, {proletarian}, {propertyless}. Syn …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lower-class — adjective occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑low class • Ant: ↑middle class, ↑upper class • Similar to: ↑non U, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • low-class — adjective occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑lower class • Ant: ↑middle class (for: ↑lower class), ↑upper class (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lower-class low-class — blue collar lue collar adj. 1. of or designating work or workers in industry not requiring well groomed appearance. [Narrower terms: {industrial}] {white collar} [WordNet 1.5] 2. of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • non-U vulgar — low class low class adj. 1. Occupying the lowest socioeconomic position in a society. Contrasted with {middle class} and {upper class}. [Narrower terms: {propertyless, wage earning, working class, blue collar}] Also See: {lowborn}, {proletarian} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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