an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully: Houseplants provide much pleasure for the city dweller with a green thumb.
- green-thumbed, adjective
- green-thumber, noun
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How to use green thumb in a sentence
We’ve got painters, builders, rock climbers, musicians, board-game aficionados, green thumbs.
My dad has always had a green thumb, but it definitely skipped a generation.Personal Rise Garden review: A simple solution for bad plant parents | Tony Ware | July 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
It could be building raised garden beds outside if you have a green thumb and enjoy watching things grow.
Whether you’re in an office or a porch, keeping a plant alive doesn’t always come down to your green thumb.
Much of this intelligence should be of the "green thumb" variety, a mixture of common sense and keen observation.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting | Northern Nut Growers Association
But unfortunately several of the farm nut tree plantings I have seen show a woeful lack of "green thumb" intelligence.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting | Northern Nut Growers Association
Clearly it was one thing to build a machine with a superhuman work potential, but quite another to build one with a green thumb.The Servant Problem | Robert F. Young
British Dictionary definitions for green thumb
US and Canadian considerable talent or ability to grow plants: Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): green fingers
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Cultural definitions for green thumb
A knack for growing plants and keeping them healthy: “All my houseplants are in sorry shape; it's clear I don't have a green thumb.”
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Other Idioms and Phrases with green thumb
A knack for making plants grow well, as in Just look at Louise's plants—she really has a green thumb. This term presumably alludes to the stained fingers of an avid gardener. [First half of 1900s]
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