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[gree-nee] /ˈgri ni/
Slang. an amphetamine pill, especially one that is green in color.
Australian Slang. a conservationist or environmentalist, especially one who participates in protest demonstrations.
Origin of greenie
1945-50, for def 1; green + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Didnt you have sense enough to tell Farnsworth you werent a greenie?

    Full-Back Foster Ralph Henry Barbour
  • You were kind to me just for nothing—when I appeared poor and forlorn and—and a greenie!

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • I saw the fellows hunching one another, Ah, greenie from the country.

  • I hope youll always be able to like greenie, but I have my doubts.

  • The greenie in turn tapped Hanlon and said "An-yon," and they had made the first beginnings of understanding each other.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • Is there a city boy who does not know the greenie (White-plumed Honey-eater)?

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • I heard that Jeffries took her to the vaudeville show and I thought that was a tremendous change of heart for nice old greenie.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • Mauger was a greenie; he was a product of the worst conditions of the city.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • Hanlon got up leisurely, but walked purposefully over to confront the greenie.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • That active city-dweller, the greenie, is found in almost every large eucalypt that happens to be in flower.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
British Dictionary definitions for greenie


(Austral, informal) a conservationist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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greenie in Medicine

greenie green·ie (grē'nē)
An amphetamine pill that is green in color.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for greenie



  1. greenhorn (1830s+)
  2. A heart-shaped green stimulant pill of dextroamphetamine: Do you take something, like greenies?/ Greenies are pep pills and a lot of baseball players couldn't function without them (1960s+ Narcotics)
  3. A traffic ticket (1990s+ Los Angeles police)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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