- any plant of the family Gramineae, having jointed stems, sheathing leaves, and seedlike grains.Compare grass family.
- such plants collectively, as when cultivated in lawns or used as pasture for grazing animals or cut and dried as hay.
- the grass-covered ground.
- pasture: Half the farm is grass.
- Slang. marijuana.
- grasses, stalks or sprays of grass: filled with dried grasses.
- the season of the new growth of grass.
- to cover with grass or turf.
- to feed with growing grass; pasture.
- to lay (something) on the grass, as for the purpose of bleaching.
- to feed on growing grass; graze.
- to produce grass; become covered with grass.
- go to grass, to retire from one's occupation or profession: Many executives lack a sense of purpose after they have gone to grass.
- let the grass grow under one's feet, to delay action, progress, etc.; become slack in one's efforts.
Origin of grass
- any monocotyledonous plant of the family Poaceae (formerly Gramineae), having jointed stems sheathed by long narrow leaves, flowers in spikes, and seedlike fruits. The family includes cereals, bamboo, etc
- such plants collectively, in a lawn, meadow, etcRelated adjectives: gramineous, verdant
- any similar plant, such as knotgrass, deergrass, or scurvy grass
- ground on which such plants grow; a lawn, field, etc
- ground on which animals are grazed; pasture
- a slang word for marijuana
- British slang a person who informs, esp on criminals
- short for sparrowgrass
- get off the grass NZ informal an exclamation of disbelief
- let the grass grow under one's feet to squander time or opportunity
- put out to grass
- to retire (a racehorse)
- informalto retire (a person)
- to cover or become covered with grass
- to feed or be fed with grass
- (tr) to spread (cloth) out on grass for drying or bleaching in the sun
- (tr) sport to knock or bring down (an opponent)
- (tr) to shoot down (a bird)
- (tr) to land (a fish) on a river bank
- (intr usually foll by on) British slang to inform, esp to the police
Word Origin for grass
- Günter (Wilhelm) (ˈɡyntər). born 1927, German novelist, dramatist, and poet. His novels include The Tin Drum (1959), Dog Years (1963), The Rat (1986), Crabwalk (2002), and Peeling the Onion (2007). Nobel prize for literature 1999
Old English græs, gærs "herb, plant, grass," from Proto-Germanic grasan (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German, German, Gothic gras, Swedish gräs), from PIE *ghros- "young shoot, sprout," from root *ghre- "to grow, become green" (related to grow and green).
As a color name (especially grass-green, Old English græsgrene) by c.1300. Sense of "marijuana" is first recorded 1938, American English. Hawaiian grass skirt attested from 1937; keep off the grass by 1850.
- Any of a large family (Gramineae or Poaceae) of monocotyledonous plants having narrow leaves, hollow stems, and clusters of very small, usually wind-pollinated flowers. Grasses include many varieties of plants grown for food, fodder, and ground cover. Wheat, maize, sugar cane, and bamboo are grasses. See more at leaf.
let the grass grow under one's feet
see don't let the grass grow under one's feet.
In addition to the idioms beginning with grass
- grass is always greener on the other side, the
- grass widow
- don't let the grass grow under one's feet
- put out to grass
- snake in the grass