not ripe; immature; not fully developed: unripe fruit.
too early; premature.

Origin of unripe

before 1000; Middle English unrype, Old English unrīpe. See un-1, ripe
Related formsun·ripe·ly, adverbun·ripe·ness, noun
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Related Words for unripe

immature, green, new, unpracticed

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British Dictionary definitions for unripe




not fully matured
not fully prepared or developed; not ready
obsolete premature or untimely
Derived Formsunripeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unripe

Old English unripe "premature" (in reference to death), from un- (1) "not" + ripe. Meaning "immature, not fully developed (of fruit, etc.) is recorded from mid-13c. Cf. Middle Dutch onrijp, Old High German unrifi, German unreif.

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