adjective, green·er, green·est.


verb (used with or without object)

to become or make green.
Informal. to restore the vitality of: Younger executives are greening corporate managements.

Nearby words

  1. greeked text,
  2. greeley,
  3. greeley, horace,
  4. greely,
  5. greely, adolphus washington,
  6. green about the gills,
  7. green alga,
  8. green algae,
  9. green audit,
  10. green bag


    read the green, to inspect a golf green, analyzing its slope and surface, so as to determine the difficulties to be encountered when putting.

Origin of green

before 900; Middle English, Old English grēne; cognate with German grün; akin to grow

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greenly

British Dictionary definitions for greenly



any of a group of colours, such as that of fresh grass, that lie between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum in the wavelength range 575–500 nanometres. Green is the complementary colour of magenta and with red and blue forms a set of primary coloursRelated adjective: verdant
a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
something of the colour green
a small area of grassland, esp in the centre of a village
an area of ground used for a purposea putting green
  1. the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable
  2. freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration
(sometimes capital) a person, esp a politician, who supports environmentalist issues (see sense 13)
slang money
slang marijuana of low quality
(plural) slang sexual intercourse


of the colour green
greenish in colour or having parts or marks that are greenisha green monkey
(sometimes capital) concerned with or relating to conservation of the world's natural resources and improvement of the environmentgreen policies; the green consumer
vigorous; not fadeda green old age
envious or jealous
immature, unsophisticated, or gullible
characterized by foliage or green plantsa green wood; a green salad
fresh, raw, or unripegreen bananas
unhealthily pale in appearancehe was green after his boat trip
denoting a unit of account that is adjusted in accordance with fluctuations between the currencies of the EU nations and is used to make payments to agricultural producers within the EUgreen pound
(of pottery) not fired
(of meat) not smoked or cured; unprocessedgreen bacon
metallurgy (of a product, such as a sand mould or cermet) compacted but not yet fired; ready for firing
(of timber) freshly felled; not dried or seasoned
(of concrete) not having matured to design strength


to make or become green
Derived Formsgreenish, adjectivegreenly, adverbgreenness, noungreeny, adjective

Word Origin for green

Old English grēne; related to Old High German gruoni; see grow



Henry, real name Henry Vincent Yorke . 1905–73, British novelist: author of Living (1929), Loving (1945), and Back (1946)
John Richard. 1837–83, British historian; author of A Short History of the English People (1874)
T (homas) H (ill). 1836–82, British idealist philosopher. His chief work, Prolegomena to Ethics, was unfinished at his death
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Word Origin and History for greenly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with greenly


In addition to the idioms beginning with green

  • green about the gills
  • green light, the
  • green thumb
  • green with envy

also see:

  • grass is always greener
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