[ jin-jer ]
/ ˈdʒɪn dʒər /


verb (used with object)

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

before 1000; Middle English ginger, gingivere < Old French gingivre < Latin gingiber, for zingiberi < Greek zingíberis; replacing Old English gingiber < Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for ginger up (1 of 2)

ginger up


(tr, adverb) to enliven (an activity, group, etc)

British Dictionary definitions for ginger up (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdʒɪndʒə) /



(tr) to add the spice ginger to (a dish)
See also ginger up

Word Origin for ginger

C13: from Old French gingivre, from Medieval Latin gingiber, from Latin zinziberi, from Greek zingiberis, probably from Sanskrit śr̄ngaveram, from śr̄nga- horn + vera- body, referring to its shape
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