- a mixture of lime, whiting, size, water, etc., for whitening walls, etc.
- a cosmetic formerly used for making the skin fair
- a glossing over or concealing of faults or defects in an effort to exonerate or give the appearance of soundness
- something said or done for this purpose
- Informal, Sports a defeat in which the loser scores no points
- to cover with whitewash
- to gloss over or conceal the faults or defects of; give a favorable interpretation of or a falsely virtuous appearance to
- Informal, Sports to defeat (an opponent) soundly
- A mixture of lime and water, often with whiting, size, or glue added, that is used to whiten walls, fences, or other structures.
- Concealment or palliation of flaws or failures.
- A defeat in a game in which the loser scores no points.
transitive verbwhite·washed, white·wash·ing, white·wash·es
- To paint or coat with whitewash.
- To conceal or gloss over (wrongdoing, for example).
- Sports To defeat (an opponent) in a game in which the opponent does not score.
(third-person singular simple present whitewashes, present participle whitewashing, simple past and past participle whitewashed)
- To paint over with a lime and water mixture so as to brighten up a wall or fence.
- The houses looked very bright when they whitewashed the whole neighborhood.
- (idiomatic) To cover over errors or bad actions.
- In his sermon, the minister didn't try to whitewash over the sins of his church.
- (dated) To repay the financial debts of (another person).
- (baseball, slang, dated, late, 19th century, archaic) To prevent a team from scoring any runs.
- (acting) To choose white film or television actors to portray characters that were Asian, African, or other races.
- (pejorative) To make over (an Asian, African, or person of another race, especially a woman) to look Caucasian.