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  • Rhymes: -aɪtɪŋ

Etymology 1[edit]

white +‎ -ing


whiting (usually uncountable, plural whitings)

  1. A fine white chalk used in paints, putty, whitewash etc.
    Synonym: whitening
    Hyponyms: French white, Paris white, Spanish white
    • 1918, Hannah Teresa Rowley, ‎Mrs. Helen Louise (Wales) Farrell, Principles of Chemistry Applied to the Household
      Precipitated calcium carbonate, a very fine powdery form, is used as a basis for many tooth powders and pastes. As whiting it finds a wide use in cleaning metals of their tarnishes.
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  1. present participle of white

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English whityng, whytyng, perhaps an alteration of Old English hwītling (whiting), remodelled after white +‎ -ing (diminutive suffix). Related to the colour white. Cognate with Dutch wijting (whiting), Old Norse hvítingr (a kind of whale).


whiting (plural whitings or whiting)

  1. A fish, Merlangius merlangus, similar to cod, found in the North Atlantic; English whiting (US).
  2. Any fish of many species that resemble Merlangius merlangus:
    1. (US) Any of several marine fish found in North American coastal waters, including hakes (genus Merluccius), especially Merluccius bilinearis (the silver hake).
    2. Any of the species of Sillaginidae (smelt-whitings) inhabiting Indo-Pacific marine coasts, many of which are commercially important whitefish.
    3. (Canada) Alaska pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus, syn. Theragra chalcogramma).
    4. A blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou), a marine fish of the Northern Hemisphere.
    5. A southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis), a marine fish of the Southern Hemisphere.
    6. Menticirrhus americanus (Carolina whiting, king whiting, southern kingcroaker, and southern kingfish) found along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States.
    7. (India, Australia) Any of the smelt-whitings, of the family Sillaginidae, including Japanese whiting, King George whiting, northern whiting, sand whiting, and school whiting.


Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, pg 3631