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 greenergrassy, 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 greener
Contemporary Examples of greener
Vitale did not always have the discipline to resist the temptation to leave for greener pastures.The Time Dick Vitale Almost Had His Own Hollywood Sitcom
April 3, 2013
In many instances, the more expensive, greener versions of the basic coupes and sedans are doing well.Detroit’s Green Leap Forward Pulls In to New York Auto Show
March 29, 2013
Sharansky eventually left the party, moving on to greener pastures.Yisrael Beiteinu Without Lieberman?
Brent E. Sasley
December 14, 2012
Other, greener options, like wetland restoration or oyster reefs, could also help slow waves before they reach the city.Hurricane Sandy’s Lesson for Flood-Proofing a Subway
November 4, 2012
Areas that have been fenced to keep out the goats, says Kröpelin, have seen vegetation rebound, and are greener than ever before.The Upside to Global Warming
August 26, 2011
Historical Examples of greener
It is greener than the waves of the sea or the leaves of the forest.The Book of Nature Myths
The Dutch polder are not flatter or greener than are these intervening meadows.Highways & Byways in Sussex
The mountain is green-grey, colder and greener towards the summit.Confessions of a Book-Lover
Maurice Francis Egan
But after the storm our little friend is greener and brighter and larger than ever.The Right Knock
The grass on the Indian lands was greener than the grass on the settlers' lands.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
- 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