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whitey

[hwahy-tee, wahy-] /ˈʰwaɪ ti, ˈwaɪ-/
noun, plural whiteys. (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.
Also, whity.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; white + -ey2
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  • Sometimes referred to as the white ball, whitey or the rock.
British Dictionary definitions for whitey

whitey

/ˈwaɪtɪ/
noun
1.
(mainly US) (used contemptuously by Black people) a White man
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Word Origin and History for whitey
n.

"'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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Slang definitions & phrases for whitey

Whitey

noun

A white person; mister charlie, ofay (1940s+ Black)


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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