- a reedlike plant, Zingiber officinale, native to the East Indies but now cultivated in most tropical countries, having a pungent, spicy rhizome used in cookery and medicine.Compare ginger family.
- any of various related or similar plants.
- the rhizome of the ginger plant, ground, chopped, etc. and used as a flavoring.
- Informal. piquancy; animation: plenty of ginger in their performance of the dance.
- a yellowish or reddish brown.
- to treat or flavor with ginger.
- Informal. to impart piquancy or spirit to; enliven (usually followed by up): to ginger up a talk with a few jokes.
- flavored or made with ginger.
Origin of ginger
Related Words for gingerheart, force, earnestness, essence, energy, gameness, bounce, dash, brio, grit, guts, character, breath, animation, complexion, enthusiasm, boldness, fire, ardor, backbone
Examples from the Web for ginger
Contemporary Examples of ginger
Ginger discrimination—particularly among boys—is a real problem, says artist Thomas Knights.
The names continue to pour in: Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson, and Rose McGowan—even though their ginger locks were only temporary.
He finally felt comfortable enough to embrace his ginger roots.
Ginger shot off the couch and squared up with him, finger in his face.
Ginger returned the china to the cupboard and sat next to him on the sofa.
Historical Examples of ginger
Then, having poured it from the ginger, boil the syrup over again.
If you put the syrup hot to the ginger at first, it will shrink and shrivel.
They sprinkled him with ginger, but it took a long time before he woke from his coma.The Chinese Fairy Book
The ginger must be steeped over-night, that you may be able to cut it.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Repeat this wiping every day, rub a mixture of pepper and ginger on the inside, and put a large piece of charcoal into it.
- any of several zingiberaceous plants of the genus Zingiber, esp Z. officinale of the East Indies, cultivated throughout the tropics for its spicy hot-tasting underground stemSee also galangal Compare wild ginger
- the underground stem of this plant, which is used fresh or powdered as a flavouring or crystallized as a sweetmeat
- any of certain related plants
- a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown colour
- (as adjective)ginger hair
- informal liveliness; vigour
- (ˈɡɪŋə) informal a person with ginger hair
- (tr) to add the spice ginger to (a dish)
Word Origin for ginger
mid-14c., from Old English gingifer, from Medieval Latin gingiber, from Latin zingiberi, from Greek zingiberis, from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera, from Sanskrit srngaveram, from srngam "horn" + vera- "body," so called from the shape of its root. But this may be Sanskrit folk etymology, and the word may be from an ancient Dravidian name that also produced the Malayalam name for the spice, inchi-ver, from inchi "root." Cf. gin (v.). The word apparently was readopted in Middle English from Old French gingibre (Modern French gingembre). Meaning "spirit, spunk, temper" is from 1843, American English. Ginger-ale recorded by 1822; ginger-snap as a type of cookie is from 1855, American English.