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
Examples from the Web for greenly
Historical Examples of greenly
"This affair in the north, they tell me, seems a little serious," said Greenly.
Greenly, try that glass; it is set for the night, and your eyes are the best we have.
They are machines, Greenly, and have their laws, just the same as the planets in the heavens.
Go forward, Greenly, and see that a sharp look-out is kept ahead.
The convives on this occasion were merely the admiral himself, Greenly, and Atwood.
- 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