adjective, green·er, green·est.
- (of sand) sufficiently moist to form a compact lining for a mold without further treatment.
- (of a casting) as it comes from the mold.
- (of a powder, in powder metallurgy) unsintered.
- fresh leaves or branches of trees, shrubs, etc., used for decoration; wreaths.
- the leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or cabbage, used for food.
- a blue-green uniform of the U.S. Army.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of green
Related Words for greengrassy, lush, raw, tender, fresh, verdant, leafy, new, olive, blue-green, field, lawn, grass, maturing, supple, unripe, juvenile, infant, growing, budding
Examples from the Web for green
Contemporary Examples of green
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.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
At the highest navigable point of the Congo River, thick jungle creates an impenetrable wall of green around a large island.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of green
There is a green meadow in the midst, on which rests a broad belt of sunshine.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Along the edge of the green pines and spruce were lavender asters.
That's where our big West is, over that way—isn't it fresh and green and beautiful?
He saw them laughing, flushed, silhouetted against the green, distant trees.
She had changed the bedraggled frock for the green one she had worn the night before.
- the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable
- freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration
Word Origin for green
Old English grene "green, young, immature, raw," earlier groeni, from West Germanic *gronja- (cf. Old Saxon grani, Old Frisian grene, Old Norse grænn, Danish grøn, Dutch groen, Old High German gruoni, German grün), from PIE root *ghre- "grow" (see grass), through sense of "color of living plants."
Meaning "a field, grassy place" was in Old English. Sense of "of tender age, youthful" is from early 15c.; hence "gullible" (c.1600). The color of jealousy at least since Shakespeare (1596); "Greensleeves," ballad of an inconstant lady-love, is from 1570s. Green light in figurative sense of "permission" is from 1937. Green and red as signals on railways first attested 1883, as nighttime substitutes for semaphore flags. Green beret originally "British commando" is from 1949. Green room "room for actors when not on stage" is from 1701; presumably a well-known one was painted green.
Old English grenian (see green (n.,adj.)). Related: Greened; greening.
In addition to the idioms beginning with green
- green about the gills
- green light, the
- green thumb
- green with envy
- grass is always greener