ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

white lie

A white lie is when you tell a small, harmless lie instead of the truth. For example, let's say your friend asks you if you like their outfit and you think it looks terrible, but you don't want to hurt their feelings. Instead, you might tell them you love it. That's a white lie: it's not meant to hurt anyone and is usually just to make someone feel better.