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[hwahyt-bred, wahyt-]
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adjective Informal.
  1. pertaining to or characteristic of the white middle class; bourgeois: a typical white-bread suburban neighborhood.
  2. bland; conventional.
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Origin of white-bread

First recorded in 1975–80

white bread

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

First recorded in 1300–50
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Related Words for white-bread

unremarkable, conventional, normal, simple, plain, humble, generic, common, mediocre, dull, workaday, traditional, ordinary, boring, weak, mild, bland, bloodless, feeble, constant

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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).

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