the quality or state of being green.
green vegetation, grass, or the like; verdure or verdancy.
lack of maturity or experience; youthfulness.
the state or quality of being naive; innocence; gullibility.

Origin of greenness

before 900; Middle English, Old English grēnnes. See green, -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greenness

Contemporary Examples of greenness

Historical Examples of greenness

  • Will the world ever be so decayed that spring may not renew its greenness?

  • I fear that the greenness of our argument will ludicrously contrast with the ripeness of our ages.



  • Scarcely a trace of greenness was left where once the corn-field had been.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • Although they keep their greenness, they act like the driest leaves of autumn.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • Unless thoroughly washed, it has a tendency to greenness in time.

Word Origin and History for greenness

Old English grennes; see green + -ness. Meaning "immaturity" is from early 15c. Walpole coined greenth (1753) in the same sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper