greenie (plural greenies)

  1. (chiefly, Australia, New Zealand, slang, often, derogatory) An environmentalist; someone who shows concern for the environment.
    • 2000, Australian Association for Environmental Education, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, Volumes 15-17, [ page 73],
      People ask me if am I a greenie and I go, ‘No, not in the sense that I chain myself to trees, no I′m not. But in the sense that I am concerned about the environment and do my little bit to help, then yes I am.’
    • 2009, Sean Dooley, Cooking With Baz, Large Print 16pt Edition, [ page 25],
      ‘And whadda you want?’ the barman spat at me.
      Above his head was a large sign that read ‘Fertilize the Bush – Doze in a Greenie’. I was dressed in a flannelette shirt and army trousers – exactly like the Greenie protestors they′d been battling the previous year.
  2. (Australia, by extension) A member of the Green Party.
  3. (US, Wyoming, derogatory, slang) A person from Colorado; after the color of the Colorado license plate.
    • 2007, James Prosek, Joseph Furia, Steven Hayhurst, Joseph Kingsbery, Tight Lines: Ten Years of the Yale Anglers′ Journal, [ page 140],
      At Alcova, the problem is compounded for the fool or fools when they have greenie license plates and behave like tourists. The growing combative presence in their rear is chalk full of true Wyoming grit.
  4. An unripe fruit.
  5. (US, slang) A beginner, a novice.
    • 1981, William Albert Wilson, On Being Human: The Folklore of Mormon Missionaries, Volumes 60-66, [ page 9],
      In California a senior companion offered to demonstrate to his new greenie how he succeeded in placing Books of Mormon in people′s houses. The two of them knocked on a door. A woman answered, and the senior companion threw a book past her into the house and then ran, leaving the greenie to stammer out an explanation to the irate woman.
  6. (informal) A small, green object or creature.
    1. (slang) A blob of nasal mucus; a bogey.
    2. (US, slang) A tablet of amphetamine.
      • 1992, Michael Y. Sokolove, Hustle: Myth, Life and Lies of Pete Rose, [ page 79],
        Some players took a greenie before every game.
      • 2010, Aaron Skirboll, The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball, [ page 36],
        Feeling down? Pop a greenie. Had a rough night? Pop a greenie. Long road trip? Double header? Need a base hit? The answer for it all was the same: pop a greenie.
        Greenies were what everyone was doing,” Koch says.

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