- the yellowish, acid fruit of a subtropical citrus tree, Citrus limon.
- the tree itself.
- lemon yellow.
- Informal. a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory; dud: His car turned out to be a lemon.
- made of or with lemon.
- having the color, taste, or odor of lemon.
Origin of lemon
Examples from the Web for lemony
Contemporary Examples of lemony
The taste is intense, with hard-hitting wormwood flavor and lemony undertones.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
Her husband, Daniel Handler, is better known as Lemony Snicket, whose series of unfortunate events was made into a film.How We Write (Husband and Wife Edition): Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown
January 2, 2013
Swirl the pan vigorously and turn the beans in the lemony butter.Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Easy Trifle
The Daily Beast
December 23, 2008
- having or resembling the taste or colour of a lemon
- Australian slang angry or irritable
- a small Asian evergreen tree, Citrus limon, widely cultivated in warm and tropical regions, having pale green glossy leaves and edible fruitsRelated adjectives: citric, citrine, citrous
- the yellow oval fruit of this tree, having juicy acidic flesh rich in vitamin C
- (as modifier)a lemon jelly
- Also called: lemon yellow
- a greenish-yellow or strong yellow colour
- (as adjective)lemon wallpaper
- a distinctive tart flavour made from or in imitation of the lemon
- slang a person or thing considered to be useless or defective
Word Origin for lemon
type of citrus fruit, c.1400, lymon, from Old French limon "citrus fruit" (12c.), via Provençal or Italian from Arabic laimun, from Persian limu(n), generic terms for citrus fruits (cf. lime (n.2)); cognate with Sanskrit nimbu "the lime." Slang meaning "a Quaalude" is 1960s, from Lemmon, name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug.
"worthless thing," 1909, American English slang; from lemon (n.1), perhaps via criminal slang sense of "a person who is a loser, a simpleton," which is perhaps from the notion of someone a sharper can "suck the juice out of." A pool hall hustle was called a lemon game (1908); while to hand someone a lemon was British slang (1906) for "to pass off a sub-standard article as a good one." Or it simply may be a metaphor for something which leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.