[ green ]
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adjective,green·er, green·est.
  1. of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the spectrum: green leaves.

  2. covered with herbage or foliage; verdant: green fields.

  1. characterized by the presence of verdure.

  2. made of green vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, endive, or chicory: a green salad.

  3. not fully developed or perfected in growth or condition; unripe; not properly aged: This peach is still green.

  4. unseasoned; not dried or cured: green lumber.

  5. immature in age or judgment; untrained; inexperienced: a green worker.

  6. simple; unsophisticated; gullible; easily fooled.

  7. fresh, recent, or new: an insult still green in his mind.

  8. having a sickly appearance; pale; wan: You’re looking a little green there—are you going to be sick? She was excited and laughing happily when the plane took off, but when her skydiving instructor opened the door at 9,000 feet, her face went positively green with fear.

  9. full of life and vigor; young: a man ripe in years but green in heart.

  10. environmentally sound or beneficial: green computers.

  11. (of wine) having a flavor that is raw, harsh, and acid, due especially to a lack of maturity.

  12. freshly slaughtered or still raw: green meat.

  13. not fired, as bricks or pottery.

  14. (of cement or mortar) freshly set and not completely hardened.

  15. Foundry.

    • (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.

  1. a color intermediate in the spectrum between yellow and blue, an effect of light with a wavelength between 500 and 570 nanometers; found in nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing, of some fruits while ripening, and of the sea.

  2. Art. a secondary color that has been formed by the mixture of blue and yellow pigments.

  1. green coloring matter, as paint or dye.

    • green material or clothing: to be dressed in green.

    • greens. Also called Army greens . a blue-green uniform of the U.S. Army.

  2. greens,

    • fresh leaves or branches of trees, shrubs, etc., used for decoration.

    • the leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or beets, used as food.

  3. grassy land; a plot of grassy ground.

  4. a piece of grassy ground constituting a town or village common.

  5. Also called putting green. Golf. the area of closely cropped grass surrounding each hole.

  6. a shooting range for archery.

  7. Slang.Usually the green . money; greenbacks: I'd like to buy a new car but I don't have the green.

  8. Green, a member of the Green party (in Germany).

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to become or make green.

  2. Informal. to restore the vitality of: Younger executives are greening corporate managements.

Idioms about green

  1. green around the gills. gill (def. 6).

  2. green with envy. envy (def. 6).

  1. 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

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

Other words from green

  • green·age, noun
  • green·ly, adverb
  • non·green, adjective
  • out·green, verb (used with object)
  • un·greened, adjective

Other definitions for Green (2 of 2)

[ green ]

  1. Henrietta Howland Robinson "Hetty", 1835–1916, U.S. financier.

  2. Henry Henry Vincent Yorke, 1905–73, English novelist.

  1. John Richard, 1837–83, English historian.

  2. Julian, 1900–1998, French writer, born in U.S.

  3. Paul Eliot, 1894–1981, U.S. playwright, novelist, and teacher.

  4. William, 1873–1952, U.S. labor leader: president of the A.F.L. 1924–52.

  5. a river flowing S from W Wyoming to join the Colorado River in SE Utah. 730 miles (1,175 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use green in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for green (1 of 2)


/ (ɡriːn) /

  1. 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 colours: Related adjective: verdant

  2. a dye or pigment of or producing these colours

  1. something of the colour green

  2. a small area of grassland, esp in the centre of a village

  3. an area of ground used for a purpose: a putting green

  4. (plural)

    • the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable

    • freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration

  5. (sometimes capital) a person, esp a politician, who supports environmentalist issues (see sense 13)

  6. slang money

  7. slang marijuana of low quality

  8. (plural) slang sexual intercourse

  1. of the colour green

  2. greenish in colour or having parts or marks that are greenish: a green monkey

  1. (sometimes capital) concerned with or relating to conservation of the world's natural resources and improvement of the environment: green policies; the green consumer

  2. vigorous; not faded: a green old age

  3. envious or jealous

  4. immature, unsophisticated, or gullible

  5. characterized by foliage or green plants: a green wood; a green salad

  6. fresh, raw, or unripe: green bananas

  7. unhealthily pale in appearance: he was green after his boat trip

  8. 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 EU: green pound

  9. (of pottery) not fired

  10. (of meat) not smoked or cured; unprocessed: green bacon

  11. metallurgy (of a product, such as a sand mould or cermet) compacted but not yet fired; ready for firing

  12. (of timber) freshly felled; not dried or seasoned

  13. (of concrete) not having matured to design strength

  1. to make or become green

Origin of green

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

Derived forms of green

  • greenish, adjective
  • greenly, adverb
  • greenness, noun
  • greeny, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Green (2 of 2)


/ (ɡriːn) /

  1. Henry, real name Henry Vincent Yorke . 1905–73, British novelist: author of Living (1929), Loving (1945), and Back (1946)

  2. John Richard. 1837–83, British historian; author of A Short History of the English People (1874)

  1. T (homas) H (ill). 1836–82, British idealist philosopher. His chief work, Prolegomena to Ethics, was unfinished at his death

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Other Idioms and Phrases with green


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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