whit

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wiȝt, wight, from Old English wiht (wight, person, creature, being, whit, thing, something, anything), from Proto-Germanic *wihtą (thing, creature) or *wihtiz (essence, object), from Proto-Indo-European *wekti- (cause, sake, thing), from *wekʷ- (to say, tell). Cognate with Old High German wiht (creature, thing), Dutch wicht, German Wicht. Doublet of wight.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

whit (plural whits)

  1. The smallest part or particle imaginable; an iota.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Preposition[edit]

whit

  1. Pronunciation spelling of with.

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Old English hwīt, from Proto-West Germanic *hwīt, from Proto-Germanic *hwītaz.

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Adjective[edit]

whit (plural and weak singular white, comparative whitter, superlative whittest)

  1. white, pale, light (in color)
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[1], published c. 1410, Apocalips 1:14, page 117v; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      ⁊ þe heed of him ⁊ his heeris weren whiyt as whiyt wolle .· ⁊ as ſnow / ⁊ þe iȝen of him as flawme of fier .·
      And his head and his hairs were white, like white wool or snow, and his eyes were like fire's flame.
  2. (referring to people) wearing white clothes
  3. (referring to people) having white skin
  4. attractive, fair, beautiful
  5. bright, shining, brilliant
  6. (referring to plants) having white flowers
  7. (heraldry) silver, argent (tincture)
  8. (alchemy) Inducing the transmutation of a substance into silver
  9. (medicine) Unusually light; bearing the pallor of death

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: white (see there for further descendants)
  • Scots: quhite, fyte, fite, whyte, white
  • Yola: whit

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Noun[edit]

whit

  1. white (colour)
  2. white pigment
  3. The white of an egg
  4. The white of an eye
  5. white fabric
  6. white wine
  7. dairy products
  8. Other objects notable for being white

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Colors in Middle English · coloures, hewes (layout · text)
     whit      grey, hor      blak
             red; cremesyn, gernet              citrine, aumbre; broun, tawne              yelow, dorry; canevas
             grasgrene              grene             
             plunket; ewage              asure, livid              blewe, blo, pers
             violet; inde              rose, murrey; purpel, purpur              claret

Scots[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

whit

  1. Alternative form of what

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Yola[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English whit, from Old English hwīt, from Proto-West Germanic *hwīt.

Adjective[edit]

whit (comparative whiter)

  1. white

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 78
Colors in Yola · [Term?] (layout · text)
     whit, baun      gry      bhlock, blaak
             reed              yulloureed              yullou, buee
             *leem green              green              *meente
             blúegreen              *asure              blúe
                          purple              rowse