whitey

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

whitey ‎(plural whiteys or whities)

  1. (African American Vernacular, pejorative, ethnic slur) A white person, a person of European descent, a Caucasian.
    • 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, Dave Chappelle, "Racism Connoisseur" on HBO Comedy Half-Hour:
      Touché, honky. So, whitey, what did you do today? Oppress a new land and make the people there Christians against their will?
  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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