[gras, grahs]


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to feed on growing grass; graze.
to produce grass; become covered with grass.


    go to grass, to retire from one's occupation or profession: Many executives lack a sense of purpose after they have gone to grass.
    let the grass grow under one's feet, to delay action, progress, etc.; become slack in one's efforts.

Origin of grass

before 900; Middle English gras, Old English græs; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse, Gothic gras; akin to grow, green
Related formsgrass·less, adjectivegrass·like, adjectivegrass·ward, grass·wards, adverb, adjectiveun·der·grass, nounun·grassed, adjective


[grahs; German grahs]


Gün·ter (Wil·helm) [goo n-ter wil-helm; German gyn-tuhr vil-helm] /ˈgʊn tər ˈwɪl hɛlm; German ˈgün tər ˈvɪl hɛlm/, 1927–2015, German novelist, poet, and playwright. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grass



any monocotyledonous plant of the family Poaceae (formerly Gramineae), having jointed stems sheathed by long narrow leaves, flowers in spikes, and seedlike fruits. The family includes cereals, bamboo, etc
such plants collectively, in a lawn, meadow, etcRelated adjectives: gramineous, verdant
any similar plant, such as knotgrass, deergrass, or scurvy grass
ground on which such plants grow; a lawn, field, etc
ground on which animals are grazed; pasture
a slang word for marijuana
British slang a person who informs, esp on criminals
short for sparrowgrass
get off the grass NZ informal an exclamation of disbelief
let the grass grow under one's feet to squander time or opportunity
put out to grass
  1. to retire (a racehorse)
  2. informalto retire (a person)


to cover or become covered with grass
to feed or be fed with grass
(tr) to spread (cloth) out on grass for drying or bleaching in the sun
(tr) sport to knock or bring down (an opponent)
(tr) to shoot down (a bird)
(tr) to land (a fish) on a river bank
(intr usually foll by on) British slang to inform, esp to the police
See also grass up
Derived Formsgrassless, adjectivegrasslike, adjective

Word Origin for grass

Old English græs; related to Old Norse, Gothic, Old High German gras, Middle High German gruose sap



Günter (Wilhelm) (ˈɡyntər). born 1927, German novelist, dramatist, and poet. His novels include The Tin Drum (1959), Dog Years (1963), The Rat (1986), Crabwalk (2002), and Peeling the Onion (2007). Nobel prize for literature 1999
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Word Origin and History for grass

Old English græs, gærs "herb, plant, grass," from Proto-Germanic grasan (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German, German, Gothic gras, Swedish gräs), from PIE *ghros- "young shoot, sprout," from root *ghre- "to grow, become green" (related to grow and green).

As a color name (especially grass-green, Old English græsgrene) by c.1300. Sense of "marijuana" is first recorded 1938, American English. Hawaiian grass skirt attested from 1937; keep off the grass by 1850.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for grass



Any of a large family (Gramineae or Poaceae) of monocotyledonous plants having narrow leaves, hollow stems, and clusters of very small, usually wind-pollinated flowers. Grasses include many varieties of plants grown for food, fodder, and ground cover. Wheat, maize, sugar cane, and bamboo are grasses. See more at leaf.
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Idioms and Phrases with grass


In addition to the idioms beginning with grass

  • grass is always greener on the other side, the
  • grass widow

also see:

  • don't let the grass grow under one's feet
  • put out to grass
  • snake in the grass
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