green thumb

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noun
  1. an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully: Houseplants provide much pleasure for the city dweller with a green thumb.

Origin of green thumb

First recorded in 1940–45
Related formsgreen-thumbed, adjectivegreen-thumb·er, noun
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Related Words for green thumb

gardener, grower, horticulturist, propagator

British Dictionary definitions for green thumb

green thumb

noun
  1. US and Canadian considerable talent or ability to grow plantsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): green fingers
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green thumb in Culture

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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Idioms and Phrases with green thumb

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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