whitecap

[ hwahyt-kap, wahyt- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˌkæp, ˈwaɪt- /

noun

a wave with a broken and foaming white crest.

Nearby words

  1. whitebeam,
  2. whitebeard,
  3. whiteboard,
  4. whiteboy,
  5. whiteboys,
  6. whitechapel,
  7. whitecoat,
  8. whitecup,
  9. whited,
  10. whited sepulcher

Origin of whitecap

First recorded in 1660–70; white + cap1

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British Dictionary definitions for whitecap

whitecap

/ (ˈwaɪtˌkæp) /

noun

a wave with a white broken crest
US a member of a vigilante organization that attempts to control a community
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Word Origin and History for whitecap

whitecap

n.

1660s, of birds, from white + cap (n.). Attested from 1773 in reference to breaking waves, from 1818 of mushrooms, and from 1891 in reference to "one of a self-constituted band in U.S. who committed outrages under pretense of regulating public morals" [OED].

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