[hwahyt, wahyt] /ʰwaɪt, waɪt/
adjective, whiter, whitest.
of the color of pure snow, of the margins of this page, etc.; reflecting nearly all the rays of sunlight or a similar light.
light or comparatively light in color.
(of human beings) belonging to a group marked by slight pigmentation of the skin, often of European descent.
for, limited to, or predominantly made up of white people:
a white neighborhood.
pallid or pale, as from fear or other strong emotion:
white with rage.
silvery, gray, or hoary:
a white Christmas.
lacking color; transparent.
blank, as an unoccupied space in printed matter:
Fill in the white space below.
Armor. composed entirely of polished steel plates without fabric or other covering; alwite.
wearing white clothing:
a white monk.
Older Use: Offensive. decent, honorable, or dependable:
That’s mighty white of you.
auspicious or fortunate.
morally pure; innocent.
without malice; harmless:
(of wines) light-colored or yellowish, as opposed to red.
British. (of coffee) containing milk.
a color without hue at one extreme end of the scale of grays, opposite to black. A white surface reflects light of all hues completely and diffusely. Most so-called whites are very light grays: fresh snow, for example, reflects about 80 percent of the incident light, but to be strictly white, snow would have to reflect 100 percent of the incident light. It is the ultimate limit of a series of shades of any color.
Compare (def 20).
a hue completely desaturated by admixture with white, the highest value possible.
quality or state of being white.
lightness of skin pigment.
a person with light-colored skin, often of European descent.
a white material or substance.
the white part of something.
Biology. a pellucid viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of an egg; albumen.
the white part of the eyeball:
He has a speck in the white of his eye.
Graves is a good white.
a type or breed that is white in color.
Usually, whites. a blank space in printing.
(initial capital letter) a hog of any of several breeds having a white coat, as a Chester White.
Entomology. any of several white-winged butterflies of the family Pieridae, as the common cabbage butterflies.
Chess, Checkers. the men or pieces that are light-colored.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a royalist, conservative, or reactionary political party.
verb (used with object), whited, whiting.
Archaic. to make white; whiten.
bleed white, Informal. to be or cause to be deprived of all one’s resources:
Dishonesty is bleeding the union white.
in the white, in an unfinished state or condition, as furniture wood that has not been stained or varnished.
having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident light Compare black (sense 1)
(of light, such as sunlight) consisting of all the colours of the spectrum or produced by certain mixtures of three additive primary colours, such as red, green, and blue
comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colour: white clover
(of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc
(of hair, a beard, etc) silvery or grey, usually from age
benevolent or without malicious intent: white magic
colourless or transparent: white glass
capped with or accompanied by snow: a white Christmas
(sometimes capital) counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalist Compare Red (sense 2)
blank, as an unprinted area of a page
(of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins
(physics) having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequency: white noise
(informal) honourable or generous
(of armour) made completely of iron or steel (esp in the phrase white harness)
(rare) morally unblemished
(rare) (of times, seasons, etc) auspicious; favourable
(poetic or archaic) having a fair complexion; blond
bleed white, to deprive slowly of resources
whiter than white
a white colour
the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
the white, the viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of a bird’s egg, esp a hen’s egg; albumen
(anatomy) the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
any of various butterflies of the family Pieridae See large white, small white, cabbage white
anything that has or is characterized by a white colour, such as a white paint or pigment, a white cloth, a white ball in billiards
an unprinted area of a page
(poetic) fairness of complexion
in the white, (of wood or furniture) left unpainted or unvarnished
(usually foll by out) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
(obsolete) to make or become white
a person, esp one of European ancestry, from a human population having light pigmentation of the skin
denoting or relating to a White person or White people
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
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.
To speculate or take a wild guess
a symbol of purity (2 Chr. 5:12; Ps. 51:7; Isa. 1:18; Rev. 3:18; 7:14). Our Lord, at his transfiguration, appeared in raiment “white as the light” (Matt. 17:2, etc.).
[half-wit, hahf-] /ˈhælfˌwɪt, ˈhɑf-/ noun 1. a person who is feeble-minded. 2. a person who is foolish or senseless; dunderhead. /ˈhɑːfˌwɪt/ noun 1. a feeble-minded person 2. a foolish or inane person n. 1670s, originally “a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre;” sense of “simpleton” (one lacking all his wits) is first attested 1755. Half-wits […]
[half-wit, hahf-] /ˈhælfˌwɪt, ˈhɑf-/ noun 1. a person who is feeble-minded. 2. a person who is foolish or senseless; dunderhead. n. 1670s, originally “a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre;” sense of “simpleton” (one lacking all his wits) is first attested 1755. Half-wits are fleas; so little and so light, We scarce could know they […]
[haf-wit-id, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈwɪt ɪd, ˈhɑf-/ adjective 1. . 2. foolish; stupid.