white lie

noun

Definition of white lie

:a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person
  • He told a (little) white lie as his excuse for missing the party.

Word by Word Definitions

white play
  1. : free from color

  2. : of the color of new snow or milk

  3. : light or pallid in color

  1. : the achromatic object color of greatest lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that reflect diffusely nearly all incident energy throughout the visible spectrum

  2. : a white or light-colored part of something: such as

  3. : a mass of albuminous material surrounding the yolk of an egg

  1. : whiten

lie play
  1. : to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position : be prostrate : rest, recline

  2. : to assume a horizontal position

  3. : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge

  1. : lay

  2. : the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

  3. : the haunt of an animal (such as a fish) : covert

  1. : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

  2. : to create a false or misleading impression

  3. : to bring about by telling lies

  1. : an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive

  2. : an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer

  3. : something that misleads or deceives


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