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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
White
 
  White as a moonlit sail.
            —William Alexander
  1
  White as the necks of swans.
            —James Lane Allen
  2
  White as a bean.
            —Anonymous
  3
  White as lime.
            —Anonymous
  4
  White as a baby’s arm.
            —Anonymous
  5
  White as a diamond.
            —Anonymous
  6
  White as a doll.
            —Anonymous
  7
  White as a dove.
            —Anonymous
  8
  White as a fish.
            —Anonymous
  9
  White as a flock of sheep.
            —Anonymous
  10
  White as a ghost.
            —Anonymous
  11
  White as a live terrier.
            —Anonymous
  12
  White as a pillow.
            —Anonymous
  13
  White as arsenic.
            —Anonymous
  14
  White as a sheet.
            —Anonymous
  15
  White as a shroud.
            —Anonymous
  16
  White as a spirit.
            —Anonymous
  17
  White as a statue.
            —Anonymous
  18
  White as a sycamore.
            —Anonymous
  19
  White as a whale’s tooth.
            —Anonymous
  20
  White as chastity.
            —Anonymous
  21
  White as his neck-cloth.
            —Anonymous
  22
  White as salt.
            —Anonymous
  23
  White as silver.
            —Anonymous
  24
  White as sin forgiven.
            —Anonymous
  25
  White as sunbeams.
            —Anonymous
  26
  White as the breakers’ foam.
            —Anonymous
  27
  White as the breast of a gull.
            —Anonymous
  28
  White as the blossoms of the almond tree.
            —Anonymous
  29
  White as the foam that danced on the billow’s height.
            —Anonymous
  30
  White as the gown of a bride.
            —Anonymous
  31
  White as the hand of Moses.
            —Anonymous
  32
  White as the snowy white rose that in the moonlight sighs.
            —Anonymous
  33
  White as white satin.
            —Anonymous
  34
  White like the inside of a shoulder of mutton.
            —Anonymous
  35
  White as the stem of a young palm.
            —Arabian
  36
  White as paper of Syria.
            —Arabian
  37
  White as camphor.
            —Arabian Nights
  38
  Brow white as day.
            —Arabian Nights
  39
  White as morning.
            —Arabian Nights
  40
  White as the full moon when it mooneth on its fourteenth night.
            —Arabian Nights
  41
  White like egg of the pigeon hen.
            —Arabian Nights
  42
  White as bismuth.
            —William Archer
  43
  White as frost on field.
            —William E. Aytoun
  44
  A maid as white as ivory bone.
            —English Ballad
  45
  White as snow-drops.
            —Serbian Ballad
  46
  Purely white as the mountain snow.
            —Welsh Ballad
  47
  White as porcelain.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  48
  White as soap.
            —Richard Harris Barham
  49
  White as the hawthorn’s crown.
            —Mary Barry
  50
  White as a thread by hands of angels spun.
            —Francis Beaumont
  51
  Whiter than mountain snow hath ever been.
            —Francis Beaumont
  52
  White as swanne.
            —Sir Harry Beaumont
  53
  Soul as white as heaven.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  54
  White as innocence herself.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  55
  White as the foaming sea.
            —Park Benjamin
  56
  White as snow.
            —Bion
  57
  White as an angel.
            —William Blake
  58
  White as foam-drift in the moony shimmer of starlit, wave-pavilioned dells.
            —Mathilde Blind
  59
  White as the sun.
            —Emily Brontë
  60
  White as candles against the altar’s gold.
            —Katherine H. Brown
  61
  White as foam thrown upon rocks from the old-spent wave.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  62
  White as gulls.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  63
  White as moonshine.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  64
  White as wax.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  65
  White like a cloud at fall of snow.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  66
  White like a spirit’s hand.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  67
  White with coming buds, like the bright side of a sorrow.
            —Robert Browning
  68
  White as a curd.
            —Robert Browning
  69
  White as the winding-sheet.
            —Robert Buchanan
  70
  White as death.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  71
  White, as if she lived on blanched almonds.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  72
  White as a clout.
            —John Bunyan
  73
  As white’s a daisy.
            —Robert Burns
  74
  White as the thoughts of an angel.
            —Mary Frances Butts
  75
  White as a white sail on a dusky sea.
            —Lord Byron
  76
  White as fleece.
            —Alice Cary
  77
  White as a cloth.
            —Bliss Carman
  78
  White as the chaulkie clyffes of Brittaines isle.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  79
  Whyte hys rade [neck] as the sommer snowe.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  80
  Whit as chalk.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  81
  Whyte as floure.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  82
  Whit as is a lylie flour.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  83
  Whyte as lylye or rose in rys [twig].
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  84
  White as snowe falle newe.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  85
                White of hewe,
As snowe on braunche snawed newe.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  86
  White was his berd as is the dayesie.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  87
  Whit was as the flour delys (Flower-de-luce).
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  88
  White as a flock of egrets.
            —Chinese
  89
  Gleaming white, like peach and plum blossoms.
            —Chinese
  90
  Dressed in white—all white, like a bride or a bandaged thumb.
            —Irvin S. Cobb
  91
  White as new-plucked cotton.
            —Frederick S. Cozzens
  92
  White as an infant’s spirit.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  93
  White as ashes.
            —Charles Dickens
  94
  Hands … white, as if the blood began to chill there.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  95
  As white as teeth of twenty-five years old.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  96
  A sail as white as blossom upon spray.
            —William Dunbar
  97
  The beautiful young lady, all in white, like a lily in the night, or the moon sweeping over a cloudless sky.
            —Joseph von Eichendorff
  98
  White as the canna upon the moor.
            —Ancient Erse
  99
  White as snow-wreath in the eye of spring.
            —Frederick William Faber
  100
  White as molten glass.
            —Phineas Fletcher
  101
                Breasts
As white as hedgeside May.
            —Norman Gale
  102
  White and awful as a shroud-enfolded ghost.
            —Richard Garnett
  103
  His beard was whiter than the feathers which veil the breast of the penguin.
            —Oliver Goldsmith
  104
                Pure and white,
As some shy spirit in a haunted place.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  105
  White as the lips of passion.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  106
  As white as bear’s teeth.
            —Thomas Heywood
  107
  As white as the pale ashes of a wasted coal.
            —Josiah Gilbert Holland
  108
  White as sea-bleached shells.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  109
  White as the sea-gull.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  110
  White as Irish linen.
            —Thomas Hood
  111
  White as parading breeches.
            —Thomas Hood
  112
  White as a chicken.
            —Victor Hugo
  113
  White as the gowan [daisy].
            —John Imlah
  114
                White,
Like ships in heaven full-sailed.
            —Jean Ingelow
  115
  White as the snowy rose of Guelderland.
            —Jean Ingelow
  116
  White as flocks new-shorn.
            —John Keats
  117
  Whiter than a star.
            —John Keats
  118
  White as the moon.
            —Omar Khayyám
  119
  White as the wonder undefiled of Eve just wakened in Paradise.
            —Harriet McEwen Kimball
  120
  White as an embodied hush.
            —Harriet McEwen Kimball
  121
  Thin-flanked woman, as white and as stale as a bone.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  122
  White as an angel clad in light.
            —James Sheridan Knowles
  123
  White, like the apparition of a dead rainbow.
            —Charles Lamb
  124
  White as maiden purity.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  125
                White,
Like a gravestone seen in the pale moonlight.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  126
  White as Ketak’s snow flower.
            —Lays of Ancient India
  127
  White as a nun.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  128
  White as ivory.
            —Richard Le Gallienne
  129
  White as the face of the dead.
            —Camille Lemonnier
  130
  Whiter than the downy spray.
            —John Leyden
  131
  White as a live terror.
            —George Cabot Lodge
  132
  White as a cloud that floats and fades in the air.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  133
  White as a schoolboy’s paper kite.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  134
  White as seas’ fog.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  135
  White as the gleam of a receding sail.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  136
  White as a dove.
            —Samuel Lover
  137
  White as thistle-down.
            —James Russell Lowell
  138
  White as alabaster.
            —John Lyly
  139
  White as driven snow.
            —John Lyly
  140
  White as untrod snow.
            —Lewis Machin
  141
  White as the foam of streams.
            —James Macpherson
  142
White as the whitest foam of the sea
That tosses its waves under fervent skies,
Or a feather dropped from an angel’s wing
As it leant o’er the walls of Paradise.
            —A. W. Marshall
  143
  White and pure as any bridal veil.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  144
  Sightless white, like eyes of lifeless stone.
            —William J. Mickle
  145
  White as the bloom o’ the pear.
            —William Miller
  146
  White as a sinner’s shroud.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  147
  White as virgin’s pall.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  148
  Lilly-white as a lady’s marrying smock.
            —Thomas Nash
  149
                Venerable beard
White, hoary like the foam o’ the sea.
            —Enrico Nencioni
  150
                White
Like girls for a first communion dight.
            —Roden Noel
  151
  White … like angels in their ascension clothes, waiting for those who prayed below.
            —Fitz-James O’Brien
  152
  White as a winter home.
            —John Payne
  153
White as is the new blown bell
Of that frail flower that loves the wind.
            —John Payne
  154
  As white … as clay.
            —Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  155
  White as the waxen petal of the flowers.
            —Helen. C. Prince
  156
        White like a young flock,
Coeval, newly shorn, from the clear brook recent, and branching on the sunny rock.
            —Matthew Prior
  157
  White as swans.
            —François Rabelais
  158
  White as fear.
            —Opie Read
  159
  White as the living cheek opposed.
            —Charles Reade
  160
  White as grit.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  161
  White as the cream-crested wave.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  162
  White as the gleam of her beckoning hand.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  163
  White a hand as lilies in the sunlight.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  164
  White as the moon lies in the lap of night.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  165
  White like flame.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  166
  Whiter than sawn ivory.
            —John Ruskin
  167
  Wings as white as a dream of snow in love and light.
            —A. J. Ryan
  168
  White as Dinlay’s spotless snoe.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  169
  White as a lily.
            —William Shakespeare
  170
  Soft as dove’s down and as white.
            —William Shakespeare
  171
  White his shroud as the mountain snow.
            —William Shakespeare
  172
  Teeth as white as whale’s bone.
            —William Shakespeare
  173
                Perfect white
Show’d like an April daisy on the grass.
            —William Shakespeare
  174
        White as the foam o’ the sea
That is driven o’er billows of azure agleam with sun-yellow.
            —William Sharp
  175
  White as isinglass.
            —George Bernard Shaw
  176
  Whitens like steel in a furnace.
            —George Bernard Shaw
  177
White with the whiteness of what is dead,
Like troops of ghosts on the dry wind past.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  178
  White as a swan’s stray feather.
            —Harry B. Smith
  179
  White … like the flying cloud at noon.
            —Robert Southey
  180
  White as the swan’s breast.
            —Robert Southey
  181
  White, withouten spot or pride, that seemed like silke and silver woven neare.
            —Edmund Spenser
  182
  White … like a dazie in a field of grass.
            —Sir John Suckling
  183
  White as a custard.
            —Jonathan Swift
  184
  White as dead stark-stricken dove.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  185
  White as faith’s and age’s hue.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  186
  White as moonlight snows.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  187
  White as the live heart of light.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  188
  White as the sparkle of snow-flowers in the sun.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  189
  White as the unfruitful thorn-flower.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  190
  White as mountain cotton-grass.
            —Irish Epic Tales
  191
  White as any flower.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  192
  White as privet.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  193
  White as utter truth.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  194
  White as the light.
            —New Testament
  195
  It was like coriander seed, white.
            —Old Testament
  196
  Whiter than milk.
            —Old Testament
  197
  White as a ceiling.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  198
  I turned as white as cold boil’d veal.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  199
  White, and ghastly, like an army of tombstones by moonlight.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  200
  Like the mists of spring, all silvery white.
            —The Hagoromo
  201
  More white than curds.
            —Theocritus
  202
  Slight and white as a peeled wand.
            —Vance Thompson
  203
  White as sculptured stone.
            —Francis C. F. Tiernan
  204
  White as the down of an angel’s wings.
            —John T. Trowbridge
  205
  White, like the Shah of Persia’s diamond plume.
            —Mark Twain
  206
  White as Carrara marble.
            —Theodore Watts-Dunton
  207
  White as evening clouds.
            —Charles J. Wells
  208
  White as the wings of prayer.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  209
                Stainless white,
Like ivory bathed in still moonlight.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  210
  Whiter than a moony pearl.
            —Oscar Wilde
  211
  White as a charnel bone.
            —N. P. Willis
  212
  White as flashing icicle.
            —N. P. Willis
  213
 
 
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