[hwahyt-bred, wahyt-]

adjective Informal.

pertaining to or characteristic of the white middle class; bourgeois: a typical white-bread suburban neighborhood.
bland; conventional.

Origin of white-bread

First recorded in 1975–80

white bread


any white or light-colored bread made from finely ground, usually bleached, flour.

Origin of white bread

First recorded in 1300–50
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Examples from the Web for white-bread

Contemporary Examples of white-bread

  • White-bread ISIS recruits, culled from the wastelands of Web 2.0, call that tidy division into terrible question.

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    The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust

    James Poulos

    November 21, 2014

Historical Examples of white-bread

Word Origin and History for white-bread

white bread


c.1300, as opposed to darker whole-grain type; its popularity among middle-class America led to the slang sense of "conventional, bourgeois" (c.1980).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper