whiting

1
[ hwahy-ting, wahy- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪ tɪŋ, ˈwaɪ- /

noun, plural (especially collectively) whit·ing, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) whit·ings.

a slender food fish of the genus Menticirrhus, of the croaker family, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic coast of North America.
the hake, Merluccius bilinearis.
any of several European fishes of the cod family, especially Merlangus merlangus.

Origin of whiting

1
1400–50; late Middle English, perhaps alteration of Old English hwītling kind of fish; compare Middle Dutch witinc, of which the E may be a translation

Definition for whiting (2 of 3)

whiting

2
[ hwahy-ting, wahy- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪ tɪŋ, ˈwaɪ- /

noun

pure-white chalk (calcium carbonate) that has been ground and washed, used in making putty, whitewash, silver polish, etc.

Origin of whiting

2
1400–50; late Middle English; compare Old English hwīting-, in hwītingmelu; see meal2. See white, -ing1

Definition for whiting (3 of 3)

Origin of white

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

Related forms

half-white, adjectiveun·white, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for whiting (1 of 5)

whiting

1
/ (ˈwaɪtɪŋ) /

noun

an important gadoid food fish, Merlangius (or Gadus) merlangus, of European seas, having a dark back with silvery sides and underparts
any of various similar fishes, such as Merluccius bilinearis, a hake of American Atlantic waters, and any of several Atlantic sciaenid fishes of the genus Menticirrhus
Australian any of several marine food fishes of the genus Sillago
whiting pout another name for bib (def. 3)

Word Origin for whiting

C15: perhaps from Old English hwītling; related to Middle Dutch wijting. See white, -ing ³

British Dictionary definitions for whiting (2 of 5)

whiting

2
/ (ˈwaɪtɪŋ) /

noun

white chalk that has been ground and washed, used in making whitewash, metal polish, etcAlso called: whitening

British Dictionary definitions for whiting (3 of 5)

White

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/ (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 whiting (4 of 5)

White

2
/ (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 whiting (5 of 5)

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

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 whiting

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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