- a contemptuous term used by black people to refer to a white person or white people collectively.
Origin of whitey
Examples from the Web for whitey
His friends were safely known by the Polish versions of Toothy, Hoppy, Conky, Baldy, Whitey, Carrot Top and Chopper.The Week in Death: Irving Milchberg, the Teenage Gunrunner of the Warsaw Ghetto
March 1, 2014
Whitey Bulger, the infamous Boston mobster, disappeared off the face of the earth and managed to stay hidden for 16 years.First Rule of the Fake Dead Bankers Club: Stay Gone
January 3, 2014
This decision turned the trial of Whitey Bulger into one of the most lopsided cases in the history of jurisprudence.Whitey Bulger and the FBI Whitewash
November 15, 2013
The City That Always Sucks Ray Lemoine and John Liam Policastro, Vocativ Boston and the embarrassing legacy of Whitey Bulger.The Week’s Best Longreads for August 17, 2013
August 17, 2013
In later years, Whitey complained of insomnia, violent nightmares, and severe headaches as a result of his months of acid use.The Defense That Sank Whitey Bulger
August 13, 2013
They were old Whitey's, for he had a broken shoe on his left hind foot.
They were old Whitey's, who had a broken shoe on his left hind foot.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
Then we unpacks them suitcases of Whitey's and distributes the things.Torchy, Private Sec.
And it was up to Whitey to bring him back into the public eye, wasn't it?Torchy and Vee
Why on earth couldn't this tortoise have been left to that work and old Whitey given to us?Under Fire
- mainly US (used contemptuously by Black people) a White man
Word Origin and History for whitey
"'white' person, person of European descent," by 1830 (of a white horse by 1828), from white (adj.) + -y (2) and -y (3). Earlier as an adjective, and Whitey-brown was a 19c. descriptive color name, used to describe, among other things, mulatto skin.
Blackey will overreach if he finds an opportunity; but the probability is, that his rogueries are often but apt imitations of Mr. Whitey, who would fain always be thought to be a pattern of honesty. [Capt. Hugh Crow, "Memoirs," London, 1830]
Negro troops doing provost duty in Norfolk; keeping the white people in order. On a visit to Norfolk one can see white Southerners, arrested for sundry misdemeanors, working on the public streets, under negro guards. ... It is quite a change to see, in Norfolk, negroes forcing white men to work, at the point of the bayonet; calling out to them: "No loaf'n dar!" "Move quicker, Sah!" "Hurry up dar, Old Whitey!" and similar orders. Tables turned! [diary of Lieut. S. Millett Thompson, 13th New Hampshire Volunteer regiment, U.S. Army, Jan. 25, 1864; diary published 1888 by Houghton, Mifflin & Co.]