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pleb

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Pronunciation: /plɛb
 
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Definition of pleb in English:

noun

informal , derogatory
An ordinary person, especially one from the lower social classes.
Example sentences
  • It was with a certain degree of self-confessed smugness that I looked out as the blustery wind swept around headquarters and the ordinary plebs tried to wrap up against the elements.
  • Tressell wrote his book for the coffee tables of the dissenting middle classes rather than for plebs like Towers and me.
  • The truly posh very rarely have much to do with this, so it tends to be the upper middle class vs the utter plebs.

Origin

mid 17th century: originally as plural plebs, from Latin plebs 'the common people'. Later a shortened form of plebeian.

Derivatives

plebby

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Eleven of the poor souls are to be discarded like crumpled tissue paper, the time-honoured public phone vote ensuring that one of their number is transported into the main house to meet their plebby new pals.
  • I would have to study something plebby and lame.
  • Where Mummy and Daddy used to live in very posh West of London, they had some rather plebby next door neighbours.

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