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[ green ]


, green·er, green·est.
  1. of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the spectrum:

    green leaves.

  2. covered with herbage or foliage; verdant:

    green fields.

  3. characterized by the presence of verdure.
  4. made of green vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, endive, or chicory:

    a green salad.

  5. not fully developed or perfected in growth or condition; unripe; not properly aged:

    This peach is still green.

  6. unseasoned; not dried or cured:

    green lumber.

  7. immature in age or judgment; untrained; inexperienced:

    a green worker.

  8. simple; unsophisticated; gullible; easily fooled.
  9. fresh, recent, or new:

    an insult still green in his mind.

  10. having a sickly appearance; pale; wan: She was excited and laughing happily when the plane took off, but when her skydiving instructor opened the door at 9,000 feet, her face went positively green with fear.

    You’re looking a little green there—are you going to be sick?

    She was excited and laughing happily when the plane took off, but when her skydiving instructor opened the door at 9,000 feet, her face went positively green with fear.

  11. full of life and vigor; young:

    a man ripe in years but green in heart.

  12. environmentally sound or beneficial:

    green computers.

  13. (of wine) having a flavor that is raw, harsh, and acid, due especially to a lack of maturity.
  14. freshly slaughtered or still raw:

    green meat.

  15. not fired, as bricks or pottery.
  16. (of cement or mortar) freshly set and not completely hardened.
  17. Foundry.
    1. (of sand) sufficiently moist to form a compact lining for a mold without further treatment.
    2. (of a casting) as it comes from the mold.
    3. (of a powder, in powder metallurgy) unsintered.


  1. a color intermediate in the spectrum between yellow and blue, an effect of light with a wavelength between 500 and 570 nanometers; found in nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing, of some fruits while ripening, and of the sea.
  2. Art. a secondary color that has been formed by the mixture of blue and yellow pigments.
  3. green coloring matter, as paint or dye.
    1. green material or clothing:

      to be dressed in green.

    2. greens. Also called Army greens. a blue-green uniform of the U.S. Army.
  4. greens,
    1. fresh leaves or branches of trees, shrubs, etc., used for decoration.
    2. the leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or beets, used as food.
  5. grassy land; a plot of grassy ground.
  6. a piece of grassy ground constituting a town or village common.
  7. Also called putting green. Golf. the area of closely cropped grass surrounding each hole.
  8. a shooting range for archery.
  9. Slang. Usually the green. money; greenbacks:

    I'd like to buy a new car but I don't have the green.

  10. Green, a member of the Green party.

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to become or make green.
  2. Informal. to restore the vitality of:

    Younger executives are greening corporate managements.



[ green ]


  1. Henrietta Howland Robinson Hetty, 1835–1916, U.S. financier.
  2. Henry Henry Vincent Yorke, 1905–73, English novelist.
  3. John Richard, 1837–83, English historian.
  4. Julian, 1900–1998, French writer, born in U.S.
  5. Paul Eliot, 1894–1981, U.S. playwright, novelist, and teacher.
  6. William, 1873–1952, U.S. labor leader: president of the A.F.L. 1924–52.
  7. a river flowing S from W Wyoming to join the Colorado River in SE Utah. 730 miles (1,175 km) long.



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  1. any of a group of colours, such as that of fresh grass, that lie between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum in the wavelength range 575–500 nanometres. Green is the complementary colour of magenta and with red and blue forms a set of primary colours verdant
  2. a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
  3. something of the colour green
  4. a small area of grassland, esp in the centre of a village
  5. an area of ground used for a purpose

    a putting green

  6. plural
    1. the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable
    2. freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration
  7. sometimes capital a person, esp a politician, who supports environmentalist issues (see sense 13)
  8. slang.
  9. slang.
    marijuana of low quality
  10. slang.
    plural sexual intercourse


  1. of the colour green
  2. greenish in colour or having parts or marks that are greenish

    a green monkey

  3. sometimes capital concerned with or relating to conservation of the world's natural resources and improvement of the environment

    the green consumer

    green policies

  4. vigorous; not faded

    a green old age

  5. envious or jealous
  6. immature, unsophisticated, or gullible
  7. characterized by foliage or green plants

    a green salad

    a green wood

  8. fresh, raw, or unripe

    green bananas

  9. unhealthily pale in appearance

    he was green after his boat trip

  10. denoting a unit of account that is adjusted in accordance with fluctuations between the currencies of the EU nations and is used to make payments to agricultural producers within the EU

    green pound

  11. (of pottery) not fired
  12. (of meat) not smoked or cured; unprocessed

    green bacon

  13. metallurgy (of a product, such as a sand mould or cermet) compacted but not yet fired; ready for firing
  14. (of timber) freshly felled; not dried or seasoned
  15. (of concrete) not having matured to design strength


  1. to make or become green



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  1. GreenHenry19051973MBritishWRITING: novelist Henry, real name Henry Vincent Yorke . 1905–73, British novelist: author of Living (1929), Loving (1945), and Back (1946)
  2. GreenJohn Richard18371883MBritishHISTORY: historian John Richard. 1837–83, British historian; author of A Short History of the English People (1874)
  3. GreenT(homas) H(ill)18361882MBritishPHILOSOPHY: philosopher T ( homas ) H ( ill ). 1836–82, British idealist philosopher. His chief work, Prolegomena to Ethics, was unfinished at his death

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgreenish, adjective
  • ˈgreenness, noun
  • ˈgreeny, adjective
  • ˈgreenly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • green·age noun
  • green·ly adverb
  • non·green adjective
  • out·green verb (used with object)
  • un·greened adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of green1

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English grēne; cognate with German grün; akin to grow

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Word History and Origins

Origin of green1

Old English grēne; related to Old High German gruoni; see grow

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. read the green, to inspect a golf green, analyzing its slope and surface, so as to determine the difficulties to be encountered when putting.
  2. green around the gills. gill ( def 6 ).
  3. green with envy. envy ( def 6 ).

More idioms and phrases containing green

  • grass is always greener

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Example Sentences

The automaker may also benefit from surging investor appetite for green bonds—particularly from new issuers—which helped Daimler and Germany price recent debut sales at a discount to traditional offerings.

From Fortune

If the page is ok, you will get a green light, and if it’s not, you’ll get some suggestions on what to improve.

This way all the content “additions” are marked green, but feel free to do it the way that works best for you.

I could see a greener, gaunter me on this one cruising to Burning Man with one of those helmet Mohawks.

It’s not secret—enterprise startups have somehow become sexier than consumer-facing ones in recent years—at least when counting the green.

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I really wanted Trenchmouth to succeed and at the time wished we were as big as Green Day.

It’s cool because Trenchmouth opened for Green Day in the early ‘90s in Wisconsin.

I just did one [Geezer] with Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day.

It took me 1,015 strokes to see this shade of green in a world of orange, and my jaw nearly dropped.

At the highest navigable point of the Congo River, thick jungle creates an impenetrable wall of green around a large island.

With the dispersal of the spores the cone shrivels up, and then the stems starts to send out green branches.

The plant as a whole remains green until late in the autumn.

A few, very few, little dots had run back over that green patch—the others had passed down into the world of darkness.

I could see only the stretch of green before me, and I felt as if I must walk on forever, without coming to the end of it.

It was a spring day, and the fat buds of the chestnuts were bursting into magnificent green plumes.


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