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greenness

[green-nis]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being green.
  2. green vegetation, grass, or the like; verdure or verdancy.
  3. lack of maturity or experience; youthfulness.
  4. the state or quality of being naive; innocence; gullibility.

Origin of greenness

before 900; Middle English, Old English grēnnes. See green, -ness
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Historical Examples

  • Will the world ever be so decayed that spring may not renew its greenness?

  • I fear that the greenness of our argument will ludicrously contrast with the ripeness of our ages.

    Laws

    Plato

  • Scarcely a trace of greenness was left where once the corn-field had been.

  • Although they keep their greenness, they act like the driest leaves of autumn.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • Unless thoroughly washed, it has a tendency to greenness in time.


Word Origin and History for greenness

n.

Old English grennes; see green + -ness. Meaning "immaturity" is from early 15c. Walpole coined greenth (1753) in the same sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper