see also: Green
  • (British, Australia) enPR: grēn, IPA: /ɡɹiːn/
  • (America, Canada) enPR: grēn, IPA: /ɡɹin/

green (comparative greener, superlative greenest)

  1. Having green as its color.
    The former Flag of Libya#Great_Socialist_People.27s_Libyan_Arab_Jamahiriya_.281977.E2.80.932011.29 is fully green.
  2. (figurative, of people) Sickly, unwell.
    Sally looks pretty green — is she going to be sick?
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 1, scene vii]:
      to look so green and pale
  3. Unripe, said of certain fruits that change color when they ripen.
  4. (figurative, of people) Inexperienced.
    John's kind of green, so take it easy on him this first week.
    • 1822, [Walter Scott], Peveril of the Peak. [...] In Four Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 2392685 ↗:
  5. (figurative, of people) Naive or unaware of obvious facts.
  6. (figurative, of people) Overcome with envy.
    He was green with envy.
  7. (figurative) Environmentally friendly.
  8. (cricket) Describing a pitch which, even if there is no visible grass, still contains a significant amount of moisture.
  9. (dated) Of bacon or similar smallgoods: unprocessed, raw, unsmoked; not smoked or spiced.
  10. (dated) Not fully roasted; half raw.
    • We say the meat is green when half roasted.
  11. Of freshly cut wood or lumber that has not been dried: containing moisture and therefore relatively more flexible or springy.
    That timber is still too green to be used.
  12. (wine) High or too high in acidity.
  13. Full of life and vigour; fresh and vigorous; new; recent.
    a green manhood;   a green wound
    • as valid against such an old and beneficent government as against […] the greenest usurpation
  14. (Philippines) Having a sexual connotation.
  15. (particle physics) Having a color charge of green.
  16. Being or relating to the green currencies of the European Union.
    the green pound; the green lira
Synonyms Antonyms Noun

green (plural greens)

  1. The colour of growing foliage, as well as other plant cells containing chlorophyll; the colour between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum; one of the primary additive colour for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and blue from white light using cyan and yellow filters.
  2. (politics, sometimes capitalised) A member of a green party; an environmentalist.
  3. (golf) A putting green, the part of a golf course near the hole.
  4. (bowls) The surface upon which bowls is played.
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 3 points.
  6. (British) a public patch of land in the middle of a settlement.
  7. A grassy plain; a piece of ground covered with verdant herbage.
    • 1634, John Milton, “Arcades”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
      o'er the smooth enamelled green
  8. (mostly, in plural) Fresh leaves or branches of trees or other plants; wreaths.
    • 1715, Alexander Pope, The Temple of Fame:
      In that soft season when descending show'rs / Call forth the greens, and wake the rising flowers.
  9. Any substance or pigment of a green colour.
  10. (British, slang, uncountable) marijuana.
  11. (US, slang, uncountable) Money.
  12. (particle physics) One of the three color charges for quarks.
Synonyms Verb

green (greens, present participle greening; past and past participle greened)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) green, to turn (something) green.
    • Great spring before greened all the year.
  2. To become or grow green in colour.
    • by greening slope and singing flood
  3. (transitive) To add greenspaces to (a town, etc.).
    • 2000, AIA Guide to New York City (page 58)
      The newer 39-story, 1.5-million-square-foot tower occupies much of the original Shearson Garden, a larger parklet that briefly greened the construction site to be, and is remembered fondly by nearby Tribecans.
  4. (intransitive) To become environmentally aware.
  5. (transitive) To make (something) environmentally friendly.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

green (not comparable)

  1. (politics) Of, or pertaining, to a Green Party or green party.

green (plural greens)

  1. (politics) A member of a Green Party or green party.

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