adjective, greener, greenest.
of the color of growing foliage, between yellow and blue in the spectrum:
covered with herbage or foliage; verdant:
characterized by the presence of verdure.
made of green vegetables, as lettuce, spinach, endive, or chicory:
a green salad.
not fully developed or perfected in growth or condition; unripe; not properly aged:
This peach is still green.
unseasoned; not dried or cured:
immature in age or judgment; untrained; inexperienced:
a green worker.
simple; unsophisticated; gullible; easily fooled.
fresh, recent, or new:
an insult still green in his mind.
having a sickly appearance; pale; wan:
green with fear; green with envy.
full of life and vigor; young:
a man ripe in years but green in heart.
environmentally sound or beneficial:
(of wine) having a flavor that is raw, harsh, and acid, due especially to a lack of maturity.
freshly slaughtered or still raw:
not fired, as bricks or pottery.
(of cement or mortar) freshly set and not completely hardened.
a color intermediate in the spectrum between yellow and blue, an effect of light with a wavelength between 500 and 570 nm; found in nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing, of some fruits while ripening, and of the sea.
Art. a secondary color that has been formed by the mixture of blue and yellow pigments.
green coloring matter, as paint or dye.
green material or clothing:
to be dressed in green.
grassy land; a plot of grassy ground.
a piece of grassy ground constituting a town or village common.
Also called putting green. Golf. the area of closely cropped grass surrounding each hole.
a shooting range for archery.
Informal. (def 1).
Slang. money; greenbacks (usually preceded by the):
I’d like to buy a new car but I don’t have the green.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Green party (in Germany).
verb (used with or without object)
to become or make green.
Informal. to restore the vitality of:
Younger executives are greening corporate managements.
read the green, to inspect a golf green, analyzing its slope and surface, so as to determine the difficulties to be encountered when putting.
any of a group of colours, such as that of fresh grass, that lie between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum in the wavelength range 575–500 nanometres. Green is the complementary colour of magenta and with red and blue forms a set of primary colours related adjective verdant
a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
something of the colour green
a small area of grassland, esp in the centre of a village
an area of ground used for a purpose: a putting green
(sometimes capital) a person, esp a politician, who supports environmentalist issues (see sense 13)
(slang) marijuana of low quality
(pl) (slang) sexual intercourse
of the colour green
greenish in colour or having parts or marks that are greenish: a green monkey
(sometimes capital) concerned with or relating to conservation of the world’s natural resources and improvement of the environment: green policies, the green consumer
vigorous; not faded: a green old age
envious or jealous
immature, unsophisticated, or gullible
characterized by foliage or green plants: a green wood, a green salad
fresh, raw, or unripe: green bananas
unhealthily pale in appearance: he was green after his boat trip
denoting a unit of account that is adjusted in accordance with fluctuations between the currencies of the EU nations and is used to make payments to agricultural producers within the EU: green pound
(of pottery) not fired
(of meat) not smoked or cured; unprocessed: green bacon
(metallurgy) (of a product, such as a sand mould or cermet) compacted but not yet fired; ready for firing
(of timber) freshly felled; not dried or seasoned
(of concrete) not having matured to design strength
to make or become green
Henry, real name Henry Vincent Yorke. 1905–73, British novelist: author of Living (1929), Loving (1945), and Back (1946)
John Richard. 1837–83, British historian; author of A Short History of the English People (1874)
T(homas) H(ill). 1836–82, British idealist philosopher. His chief work, Prolegomena to Ethics, was unfinished at his death
Old English grene “green, young, immature, raw,” earlier groeni, from West Germanic *gronja- (cf. Old Saxon grani, Old Frisian grene, Old Norse grænn, Danish grøn, Dutch groen, Old High German gruoni, German grün), from PIE root *ghre- “grow” (see grass), through sense of “color of living plants.”
Meaning “a field, grassy place” was in Old English. Sense of “of tender age, youthful” is from early 15c.; hence “gullible” (c.1600). The color of jealousy at least since Shakespeare (1596); “Greensleeves,” ballad of an inconstant lady-love, is from 1570s. Green light in figurative sense of “permission” is from 1937. Green and red as signals on railways first attested 1883, as nighttime substitutes for semaphore flags. Green beret originally “British commando” is from 1949. Green room “room for actors when not on stage” is from 1701; presumably a well-known one was painted green.
Old English grenian (see green (n.,adj.)). Related: Greened; greening.
Advocating environmental protection; pro-ecological •The opposite of brown (1970s+)
Money, esp ready cash; folding money: plus ”green” or ”front money” to pay off others (1920s+ Underworld & sports)
long green, mean green
plural noun 1. any grass-green, chiefly freshwater algae of the phylum Chlorophyta, often growing on wet rocks, damp wood, or on the surface of stagnant water. plural noun 1. the algae of the phylum Chlorophyta, which possess the green pigment chlorophyll. The group includes sea lettuce and spirogyra
- Green apples
Related Terms sure as god made little green apples
adjective New and inexperienced; callow; green: I spent thirty-four months havin’ green-ass corporals chew me up (1940s+)
noun 1. the process of assessing the environmental impact of an organization, process, project, product, etc.: A green audit of your home can reveal ways in which you can reduce energy consumption.