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[hwey, wey] /ʰweɪ, weɪ/
a milk serum, separating as liquid from the curd after coagulation, as in cheese making.
Origin of whey
before 900; Middle English wheye, Old English hwǣg; cognate with Dutch, Low German wei
Related forms
wheylike, adjective Unabridged
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  • whey they do, it is certainly the beginning of the end.
  • During baking, care must be taken that water surrounding mould does not reach boiling-point, or custard will whey.
  • Now all the vessels swam with whey, the milk-pails and the bowls, the well-wrought vessels whereinto he milked.
  • If mixture is too thick to stir, add another tablespoon of whey.
  • The leftover whey should no longer look white, and is full of protein.
  • Celeste gathered the corners of the cloth and lifted it, dripping whey.
  • They feed whey, a byproduct of cheesemaking, to a herd of pigs.
  • whey, a natural byproduct of cheese production, was once discarded or used as animal feed.
  • We examined the effect of feeding a whey protein mixture on subsequent tumor formation in the intestines of rats.
  • Several lines of evidence suggest that consumption of dairy foods, and specifically whey protein, may reduce blood pressure.
British Dictionary definitions for whey


the watery liquid that separates from the curd when the milk is clotted, as in making cheese
Derived Forms
wheyey, wheyish, wheylike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hwǣg; related to Middle Low German wei, heie, Dutch hui
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Word Origin and History for whey

Old English hwæg "whey," from Proto-Germanic *khwaja- (cf. Middle Dutch wey, Dutch wei), of unknown origin.

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