Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Somewhat white.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Somewhat white, pale or almost white.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat white; approaching white; white in a moderate degree.
  • adj. Covered with an opaque white powder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat white; white in a moderate degree; albescent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of something having a color tending toward white
  • adj. resembling milk in color not clear

Etymologies

white +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I was too exhausted to pursue for further elaboration and spent the afternoon lying around with an iv, but I'm still, a year later, I'm totally perplexed by that illness. can food poisoning really result in whitish-grey paint poop?

    Science Question from a Toddler: Why is poop brown? Boing Boing

  • The best myrrhe is known by little peeces which are not round; and when they grow together, they yeeld a certain whitish liquour which issueth and resolveth from them, and if a man breake them into morsels, it hath white veines resembling men's nails, and in tast is somewhat bitter.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • When we come to reported falls of gelatinous substances, I'd like it to be noticed how often they are described as whitish or grayish.

    The Book of the Damned

  • The name of this tree in Hebrew is founded on the fact that it is the first to blossom; though not strictly white, its blossoms may be called whitish: the whitish blossoms, solitary while all is bare around, just yield the image required.

    Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature

  • In some places the sulphur had formed crystals among other substances, such as whitish cinders made of an infinity of little feldspar crystals.

    The Mysterious Island

  • And it is kind of whitish and the trees are next to the blue sky.

    Here and Now Story Book Two- to seven-year-olds

  • Albert, vowed not to change her linen till Ostend was taken; this siege, unluckily for her comfort, lasted three years; and the supposed colour of the archduchess's linen gave rise to a fashionable colour, hence called _l'Isabeau_, or the Isabella; a kind of whitish-yellow-dingy.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • Mr. Deane had an agenda to support his side in a fraud trial so he created an "old black woman" persona and whipped up racial intolerance of the "whitish" old lady Madge Knox who is in the way of Mr. Deane's ambitions.

    Barbados Free Press

  • While the downtown commercial area has been thoroughly cleaned up, in the hotel zone, native blue lupin flowers are still all but obscured by big whitish drifts left by the volcano.

    Ash From Chilean Volcano Craters Argentine Towns

  • The iceberg lettuce had gone transparent from its long bath in the dressing, whitish and shriveled, the way your fingers get when you soak in the tub for too long.

    Day of Honey

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