adjective, whit·er, whit·est.
- white or nearly white clothing, as in tennis whites.
- top-grade white flour.
- the outermost ring of the butt.
- an arrow that hits this portion of the butt.
- the central part of the butt or target, formerly painted white but now painted gold or yellow.
- Archaic. a target painted white.
verb (used with object), whit·ed, whit·ing.
- to make white by leaving blank spaces (often followed by out).
- to whiten (areas of artwork) in retouching preparatory to photoengraving (often followed by out).
- to cover (errors in copy) with a white correction fluid.
- to censor, as by obliterating words or passages with white ink.
Origin of white
Related formshalf-white, adjectiveun·white, adjective
Examples from the Web for half-white
I asked after "Billy" Ragsdale, interpreter to the Parliament in my time—a half-white.Following the Equator, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In regions where priestly influence is strong she is said to be half-black, half-white, and to appear sometimes as a serpent.Demonology and Devil-lore|Moncure Daniel Conway
Consul Becker himself laid the chief blame on one of the policemen of the municipality, a half-white of the name of Scanlon.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Bound in half-white vellum, illuminated sides, unique designs in gold and colors, with numerous half-tone illustrations.Adventures in Toyland|Edith King Hall
If a half-white robin hatches his eggs his young ones are likely to be jolly little robin redbreasts, nothing more.The Shadow Passes|Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for half-white (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for half-white (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for half-white (3 of 3)
- (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
- (of bread) made with white flour
- extremely clean and white
- informal very pure, honest, and moral
- a white or light-coloured piece or square
- (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
- the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
- a shot or arrow hitting this ring
Derived Formswhitely, adverbwhiteness, nounwhitish, adjective
Word Origin for white
Idioms and Phrases with half-white
In addition to the idioms beginning with white
- white as a sheet
- white elephant
- white feather
- white flag, show the
- white lie
- white sale
- black and white
- bleed someone white
- great white hope
- show the white feather