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[hwahy-tee, wahy-] /ˈʰwaɪ ti, ˈwaɪ-/
noun, plural whiteys. (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used by black people to refer to a white person or white people collectively.
Origin of whitey
1820-30; white + -ey2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Knowing that Indians never fish except through necessity, whitey was puzzled.

  • They were old whitey's, who had a broken shoe on his left hind foot.

    Winning His Way Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Thenceforth Old whitey was well taken care of; and, as for Milo, he was petted and praised to his heart's content.

  • And it was up to whitey to bring him back into the public eye, wasn't it?

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • That, of course, was a most impolite way for Henrietta Hen to speak to anybody of old whitey's age.

    The Tale of Henrietta Hen Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for whitey


(mainly US) (used contemptuously by Black people) a White man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for whitey

"'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.]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for whitey



Frequent changes in the structure and environment of a company, like mergers, cutbacks, and reengineering: Some whitewater is fun, but it takes a lot out of you

[1990s+ Corporate; fr rafting or kayaking in turbulent and dangerous white water]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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