- any plant of the family Gramineae, having jointed stems, sheathing leaves, and seedlike grains.Compare grass family.
- such plants collectively, as when cultivated in lawns or used as pasture for grazing animals or cut and dried as hay.
- the grass-covered ground.
- pasture: Half the farm is grass.
- Slang. marijuana.
- grasses, stalks or sprays of grass: filled with dried grasses.
- the season of the new growth of grass.
- to cover with grass or turf.
- to feed with growing grass; pasture.
- to lay (something) on the grass, as for the purpose of bleaching.
- 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
- Gün·ter (Wil·helm) [goo n-ter wil-helm; German gyn-tuh r vil-helm] /ˈgʊn tər ˈwɪl hɛlm; German ˈgün tər ˈvɪl hɛlm/, 1927–2015, German novelist, poet, and playwright.
Examples from the Web for grass
Contemporary Examples of grass
Thus far, the most talked-about Green Friday hotspot is Denver dispensary the Grass Station.Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’
November 28, 2014
But in New York City, a metropolis with an abundance of concrete and very few fields of grass, a far more subtle display appears.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
We sat on the grass, in the hot twilight, watching the fireworks burst in patriotic showers of light over Independence.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
The car went into the grass hard and fast, and we ended up flipping eight times.Miles Teller’s Movie Star Moment: From the Brink of Death to ‘Whiplash’
October 14, 2014
Then there was a little girl on the grass with her legs spread.Will the Vatican Finally Hold This Kansas City Bishop Accountable?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 2, 2014
Historical Examples of grass
And throwing himself on the grass, he hid his face against the dog and sobbed.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Robert was nothing loth to stay, and resumed his place on the grass.Brave and Bold
He sat with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands, staring at the grass.Viviette
William J. Locke
The river was frozen, and the grass was white with hoar-frost.
He ran and pulled some grass and proceeded to rub the Major down.Weighed and Wanting
- 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
- to retire (a racehorse)
- 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
Word Origin for grass
- 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
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.
- 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with grass
- grass is always greener on the other side, the
- grass widow
- don't let the grass grow under one's feet
- put out to grass
- snake in the grass