[hwahy-tish, wahy-]
somewhat white; tending to white.

1350–1400; Middle English; see white, -ish1

whitishness, noun
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white (waɪt)
1.  Compare black having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident light
2.  (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
3.  comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colour: white clover
4.  (of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
5.  bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc
6.  (of hair, a beard, etc) silvery or grey, usually from age
7.  benevolent or without malicious intent: white magic
8.  colourless or transparent: white glass
9.  capped with or accompanied by snow: a white Christmas
10.  (sometimes capital) Compare Red counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalist
11.  blank, as an unprinted area of a page
12.  (of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins
13.  a.  (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
 b.  (of bread) made with white flour
14.  physics having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequency: white noise
15.  informal honourable or generous
16.  (of armour) made completely of iron or steel (esp in the phrase white harness)
17.  rare morally unblemished
18.  rare (of times, seasons, etc) auspicious; favourable
19.  poetic, archaic or having a fair complexion; blond
20.  bleed white to deprive slowly of resources
21.  whiter than white
 a.  extremely clean and white
 b.  informal very pure, honest, and moral
22.  a white colour
23.  the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
24.  the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
25.  the white the viscous fluid that surrounds the yolk of a bird's egg, esp a hen's egg; albumen
26.  anatomy the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
27.  large white small white See cabbage white any of various butterflies of the family Pieridae
28.  chess, draughts
 a.  a white or light-coloured piece or square
 b.  (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
29.  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
30.  an unprinted area of a page
31.  archery
 a.  the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
 b.  a shot or arrow hitting this ring
32.  poetic fairness of complexion
33.  in the white (of wood or furniture) left unpainted or unvarnished
34.  (usually foll by out) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
35.  obsolete to make or become white
[Old English hwīt; related to Old Frisian hwīt, Old Saxon hwīt, Old Norse hvītr, Gothic hveits, Old High German hwīz (German weiss)]

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Example sentences for whitish
The adult has an unstreaked brown back and whitish underparts.
The colour of the flowers is reddish, yellowish, pinkish, or seldom whitish.
The fur around the eyes is whitish, while that around the ears is black.
The protoconch and early whorls are whitish with two spiral pink lines.
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