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



whitey (plural whiteys or whities)

  1. (African American Vernacular, pejorative, ethnic slur) A white person, a person of European descent, a Caucasian.
  2. (UK, slang) A state or bout of sickness, especially induced by cannabis use.
    • 2002 April 11, mi...@emgee.demon.co.uk, uk.politics.drugs, Usenet:
      (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”, uk.legal, Usenet:
      '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:
      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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