Origin of gardening
- a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
- a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area: a public garden.
- a fertile and delightful spot or region.
- British. yard2(def 1).
- pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden: fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
- to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
- to cultivate as a garden.
- lead up/down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way; lead on; delude: The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.
Origin of garden
Examples from the Web for gardening
The machismo of Afghan male culture apparently coexists with a little-noted passion for gardening.Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
December 8, 2014
They sit on corners waiting for some guy to come by to get the gardening done at his estate.The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform
January 31, 2014
She also reveals to Vogue her penchant for gardening and Mexican food.13 Things You Didn’t Know About Wendy Davis
August 15, 2013
Gardening was limited and grass was left to grow noticeably longer.Sequester Furloughs Force Government Workers to Change Financial and Career Plans
August 10, 2013
One supporter in Philadelphia arrived clutching the gardening book to her chest.Michelle Obama Takes the First Ladies’ Version of the Hippocratic Oath
June 7, 2012
Agriculture, gardening, and the chase had not absorbed all the strength at our disposal.Freeland
He threw them away, and went on digging as coolly as if he had been gardening.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
I don't know much about gardening, but I know enough for that.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
Entered the gardening and orchard business when a young man.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
They had got out their gardening tools, and were hard at work in one of the flower-beds.Five Mice in a Mouse-trap
Laura E. Richards
- the planning and cultivation of a garden
- (as modifier)gardening gloves
- an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a houseUS and Canadian word: yard
- (as modifier)a garden chair
- an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
- (as modifier)garden tools Related adjective: horticultural
- (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a parkbotanical gardens
- a fertile and beautiful region
- (as modifier)a garden paradise
- (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardensa garden flat
- lead a person up the garden path informal to mislead or deceive a person
- common or garden informal ordinary; unexceptional
- to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
Word Origin and History for gardening
1570s, verbal noun from garden (v.).
c.1300, from Old North French gardin (13c., Modern French jardin), from Vulgar Latin hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frankish *gardo, from Proto-Germanic *gardaz- (cf. Old Frisian garda, Old Saxon gardo, Old High German garto, German Garten "garden," Old English geard "enclosure," see yard (n.1)). Italian giardino, Spanish jardin are from French.
Garden-party is by 1843. Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928. To lead someone up the garden path "entice, deceive" is attested by 1925.
Idioms and Phrases with gardening
In addition to the idiom beginning with garden
- garden variety
- lead down the garden path