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 greensgrassy, 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 greens
Contemporary Examples of greens
Greens also were less than enthusiastic about new massive public works.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Greens Powder - I try to eat lots of dark leafy greens in my diets but somedays are more difficult than others.These Are The 15 Supplements to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet
December 28, 2013
The point of the Santa Claus myth is to compel children to play nice, finish their greens, and go to bed early.How Santa Hurts Christmas
December 23, 2013
In short, the Greens are asking the court to classify for-profit corporations as having religious consciences.Is Forced Religious Belief Coming to an Employer Near You?
November 27, 2013
Iridescent colors came in combinations of deep reds, purples, golds, and greens.Gucci Spring/Summer 2014: Sporty and Sexy
September 18, 2013
Historical Examples of greens
An' do you remember the year we had greens way into the fall, an' I wouldn't tell you what they was?Meadow Grass
He would say that he was not a greengrocer who would think first of greens.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Bacon and greens and her perennial tea were good enough for her.Southern Lights and Shadows
The peasantry used to eat its tops as greens, and cook the roots in stews.The Mayflower, January, 1905
The furniture and walls give a colour-impression as of greens and beetroot.Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
- 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
"freshly cut branches used for decoration," 1690s; "vegetables," 1725, from green. Greens "ecology political party," first recorded 1978, from German die Grünen (West Germany), an outgrowth of Grüne Aktion Zukunft "Green Campaign for the Future," a mainly anti-nuclear power movement, and/or grüne Listen "green lists" (of environmental candidates). Green (adj.) in the sense of "environmental" is attested from 1972; Greenpeace, the international conservation and environmental protection group, is from 1971.
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