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In Sling Blade (1996), Karl speaks about drunken Doyle:

Karl: That feller's a whole site meaner than me. He'd just whup the tar out of me.

What does "whole site" mean?

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I think either you or the author has misspelled sight:
Merriam-Webster sight

noun a : chiefly dialectal
a : a great number or quantity
b : a good deal : lot
a far sight better, not by a damn sight

AHD sight

Idioms: a sight (Upper Southern US)
A lot; much:
We're a sight better off without him.

[emphasis added]

So, your example should be spelled a whole sight meaner, and it means much meaner.

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    We can say 'a damn sight' in Britain. Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 14:12
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    For what it's worth, just checking the first 2 Google results: Daily Script has "sight", but Script-o-Rama has "site". No idea which (if either) is closer to "official". Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 21:13
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    The whole line as presented is in eye dialect, so just as "feller" and "whup" are used instead of more standard equivalents, "site" doesn't look out of place.
    – Chris Down
    Commented Nov 6, 2021 at 2:01
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    @ChrisDown In the cases of feller and whup for fellow and whip, dialectal pronunciations are represented. I can't imagine a pronunciation difference between site and sight that would justify this misspelling. Commented Nov 6, 2021 at 3:36
  • @JackO'Flaherty There might be a slight difference in the length of the vowel, but I can't see it being noticeable to a native english speaker.
    – Hearth
    Commented Nov 6, 2021 at 14:31

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