Idioms for white

    bleed white, Informal. to be or cause to be deprived of all one's resources: Dishonesty is bleeding the union white.
    in the white, in an unfinished state or condition, as furniture wood that has not been stained or varnished.

Origin of white

before 900; Middle English whit(e), Old English hwīt; cognate with German weiss, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hweits; akin to wheat

OTHER WORDS FROM white

half-white, adjectiveun·white, adjective
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Examples from the Web for whites

  • It is remarkable that we are so plagued with 'Whites' seeing that they have so many enemies.

    Butterflies and Moths|William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for whites (1 of 4)

whites
/ (waɪts) /

pl n

household linen or cotton goods, such as sheets
white or off-white clothing, such as that worn for playing cricket
an informal name for leucorrhoea

British Dictionary definitions for whites (2 of 4)

White1
/ (waɪt) /

noun

a person, esp one of European ancestry, from a human population having light pigmentation of the skin

adjective

denoting or relating to a White person or White people

British Dictionary definitions for whites (3 of 4)

White2
/ (waɪt) /

noun

Gilbert. 1720–93, English clergyman and naturalist, noted for his Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789)
Jimmy. born 1962, English snooker player
Marco Pierre. born 1961, British chef and restaurateur
Patrick (Victor Martindale). 1912–90, Australian novelist: his works include Voss (1957), The Eye of the Storm (1973), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976): Nobel prize for literature 1973
T (erence) H (anbury). 1906–64, British novelist: author of the Arthurian sequence The Once and Future King (1939–58)
Willard (Wentworth) (ˈwɪlɑːd). born 1946, British operatic bass, born in Jamaica

British Dictionary definitions for whites (4 of 4)

white
/ (waɪt) /

adjective

noun

verb

(usually foll by out) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
obsolete to make or become white
See also white out, whites

Derived forms of white

whitely, adverbwhiteness, nounwhitish, adjective

Word Origin for white

Old English hwīt; related to Old Frisian hwīt, Old Saxon hwīt, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hveits, Old High German hwīz (German weiss)
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Idioms and Phrases with whites

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

also see:

  • black and white
  • bleed someone white
  • great white hope
  • show the white feather
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