Origin of whitingMiddle English ; from Middle Dutch wijting ; from wit, white
Origin of whitingMiddle English hwiting: see white, + -ing
Origin of whitingMiddle English whityng, from whiten, to whiten, from white, white; see white.
nounpl. whiting or whit·ings
- A food fish (Merlangius merlangus) of the eastern North Atlantic and the Black Sea, closely related to and resembling the cod.
- Any of various marine food fishes having delicate white flesh, especially several hakes of the genus Merluccius and several kingfishes of the genus Menticirrhus.
Origin of whitingMiddle English whitynge, from Middle Dutch wijting; see kweit- in Indo-European roots.
white +"Ž -ing
(plural whitings or whiting)
From Old English hwitling. Related to the colour white. Cognate to Dutch wijting (“whiting").