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[hwahy-tee, wahy-]
adjective, whit·i·er, whit·i·est.
  1. whitish.
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noun, plural whit·ies.
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. whitey.
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Origin of whity

First recorded in 1585–95; white + -y1


or whit·y

[hwahy-tee, wahy-]
noun, plural whit·eys. (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used by black people to refer to a white person or white people collectively.
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Origin of whitey

First recorded in 1820–30; white + -ey2
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Examples from the Web for whity

Historical Examples of 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

    Katherine Mansfield

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for whity


noun plural whities
  1. informal a variant spelling of whitey
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    1. whitish in colour
    2. (in combination)whity-brown
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  1. mainly US (used contemptuously by Black people) a White man
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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.]
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