[green-nis] /ˈgrin nɪs/

the quality or state of being .
vegetation, grass, or the like; verdure or verdancy.
lack of maturity or experience; youthfulness.
the state or quality of being naive; innocence; gullibility.

Old English grennes; see green + -ness. Meaning “immaturity” is from early 15c. Walpole coined greenth (1753) in the same sense.


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