[ green-nis ]
/ ˈgrin nɪs /


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

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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