- (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. whitey.
Origin of whity
- 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 whity
A blow-fly buzzed, a fan of whity steam came out of the kettle, and the lid kept up a rattling jig as the water bubbled.Bliss, and Other Stories
They were, when laid on June 17, whity brown marked with reddish brown.
In this species the ground colour of the fore wings varies from whity brown to ochreous brown with a slight reddish tinge.
The caterpillar is dingy ochreous or whity brown marked with wavy darker stripes.
The colour of the fore wings ranges from whity brown, or drab, through various shades of grey-brown and red-brown to blackish.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series
- informal a variant spelling of whitey
- whitish in colour
- (in combination)whity-brown
- mainly US (used contemptuously by Black people) a White man
Word Origin and History for whity
"'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.]