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 Words for whitesregalia, bleach, soft-pedal, white, lessen, relieve, soften, soothe, disguise, whiten, allay, varnish, ease, hide, sugarcoat, assuage, mask, camouflage, mollify, moderate
Examples from the Web for whites
Contemporary Examples of whites
Blacks, males especially, do have reason to be more afraid of cops than whites do.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
Yet race politics has limited appeal to whites, and ultimately may not guarantee keeping many minority voters in check.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Try 21 times more likely—31 per million as opposed to 1.5 per million for whites.The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio
December 21, 2014
One cop who admitted to hitting the man went on to become one of the five whites on the six-member Ferguson City Council.Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was
November 25, 2014
We had seniors, blacks, whites—a real coalition of people—and we had a lot of them in Mississippi for the AFL-CIO.Bernie Sanders Is Showing Us the Socialist Way to Run for President
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of whites
Only the whites of the eggs are used, and so the cake is white in color.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
(b) Why should egg whites not be allowed to stand after beating?
Beat the whites stiff and fold them carefully into the sauce.
Chop the yolks of all, and the whites of two, and stir them into melted butter.
Break eight eggs, separate the whites from the yolks, and strain them.
- (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
- (of bread) made with white flour
- extremely clean and white
- informalvery 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
Word Origin for white
Old English hwit, from Proto-Germanic *khwitaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian hwit, Old Norse hvitr, Dutch wit, Old High German hwiz, German weiß, Gothic hveits), from PIE *kwintos/*kwindos "bright" (cf. Sanskrit svetah "white;" Old Church Slavonic sviteti "to shine," svetu "light;" Lithuanian sviesti "to shine," svaityti "to brighten").
As a surname, originally with reference to fair hair or complexion, it is one of the oldest in English, being well-established before the Conquest. Meaning "morally pure" was in Old English. Association with royalist causes is late 18c. Slang sense of "honorable, fair" is 1877, American English. The racial sense (adj.) of "of those races (chiefly European or of European extraction) characterized by light complexion" is first recorded c.1600. The noun in this sense ("white man, person of a race distinguished by light complexion") is from 1670s. White supremacy attested from 1902; white flight is from 1967.
White heat "state of intense or extreme emotion" first recorded 1839. White lie is attested from 1741. White Christmas is attested from 1857. White House at the U.S. presidential residence is recorded from 1811. White water "river rapids" is recorded from 1580s. White Russian "language of Byelorussia" is recorded from 1850; the mixed drink is from c.1978. White-collar as an adjective is from 1921; white-collar crime attested by 1964 (there is a white-collar criminaloids from 1934). Astronomical white dwarf is from 1924.
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