EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

white (bright and colorless; a white-skinned person) +‎ -y (forming diminutives)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈwaɪti/, /ˈʍaɪti/
  • Rhymes: -aɪti
  • Hyphenation: whit‧ey

AdjectiveEdit

whitey (comparative whitier, superlative whitiest)

  1. Alternative form of whity
    a whitey-brown colour

NounEdit

whitey (plural whiteys or whities)

  1. (African-American Vernacular, derogatory, ethnic slur) A white person, a person of European descent.
    Synonyms: cracker, honky, pecker, peckerwood, whitebread, wonderbread; see also Thesaurus:white person
    Coordinate terms: blackey, blackie, blacky
    • 1970, Gil Scott-Heron (lyrics), “Whitey on the Moon”, in Small Talk at 125th and Lenox:
      I can't pay no doctor bills / But whitey’s on the moon / Ten years from now I'll be payin' still / While whitey’s on the moon
    • 1976, New York Magazine, volume 9, number 47, page 102:
      "Whites don't like us because they think we're niggies. And blacks don't like us because they think we're whiteys. We don't fit anywhere. That's why we've gone off alone, created a totally separate thing."
    • 1997, “Racism Connoisseur”, in HBO Comedy Half-Hour, written by Dave Chappelle:
      Touché, honky. So, whitey, what did you do today? Oppress a new land and make the people there Christians against their will?
  2. (Britain, slang) A state or bout of sickness, especially induced by cannabis use.
    • 2002 April 11, mi...@emgee.demon.co.uk, uk.politics.drugs, Usenet[1]:
      (Drug users consuming this much alcohol are either slumpped in the corner having a whitey or already on their way to casualty in an ambulance.)
    • 2007 February 13, Baroness Edwina Frogbucket, “Cameron calls for harder line on cannabis use”, in uk.legal, Usenet[2]:
      'Youths' happily do both and they're almost seen as weird if they don't smoke themselves into a whitey with their mates.
    • 2007 April 29, Mark Whiteley, uk.politics.drugs, Usenet[3]:
      Ocasionaly things don't work quite as expected but seriously i can't remeber last time i had a "whitey" not for many years that a certainty.
    • 2012, Jenny Fagan, The Panopticon, page 233:
      'Dead bodies. Up in trees,' I said.
      I handed him the crisps.
      'I'm gonnae have a whitey,' he said and fucked off up to the toilet to be sick.
    • 2013, Lucy Prebble, The Effect, page 75:
      Tristan: I'm having a whitey.
      He seems about to be sick.
      Connie: You're on a placebo, Tristan, you're not on the drug.

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