Meaning of whitefella in English:


(also whitefellow)

Pronunciation /ˈwʌɪtfɛlə/


  • (especially in Aboriginal use) a person who is not Aboriginal.

    ‘He is a whitefella who played footy in the far north.’
    • ‘You're only the second whitefella who's been in this cave, Michael.’
    • ‘For the whitefella in Australia, the bush has been mostly a matter of agriculture, or recreation, real estate and scenery, but for the indigenous ancestors it was strongly centred on the most grim life-and-death laws of survival.’
    • ‘I run a number of Dreamtime courses, and people say to me, 'Why do you want to teach the Dreamtime to Whitefellas, or to non-Aboriginal people?'’
    • ‘At present, many remote communities are caught between a whitefella culture and a traditional culture, as modern technology and trends combine - and conflict - with ancient traditions.’
    • ‘The whitefellas couldn't really understand when we spoke about it in the meeting.’