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  1. not ripe; immature; not fully developed: unripe fruit.
  2. too early; premature.
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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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Historical Examples of unripe

  • East Indian is more highly charged with unripe cotton than American.


    William H. Dooley

  • They must be of the sour kind but, as said, they must not be unripe.

  • Green apples and other unripe fruits are not yet ready to be eaten.

  • You can tell this by the difference in the taste of ripe and unripe apples.

  • What is the use of feeding people with unripe or half-baked stuff?

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

British Dictionary definitions for unripe



  1. not fully matured
  2. not fully prepared or developed; not ready
  3. obsolete premature or untimely
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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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