little green man
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌlɪtəl ˈɡɹin ˌmæn/, [ˌlɪ.ɾɫ̩ ˈɡɹɪ̃i̯m ˌmɛ̃ə̯n̆]
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌlɪtəl ˈɡɹin ˌman/, [ˌlɪ.t͡ʔɫ̩ ˈɡɹɪ̃i̯m ˌmãn̆], [ˌlɪ.ʔo-]
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˌlɘtɘl ˈɡɹin ˌmɛn/, [ˌlɘ.ɾɯ ˈɡɹɘ̯ĩm ˌmɛ̞̃n̆]
Noun

little green man

  1. (euphemistic) A Martian.
  2. (humorous) One of the supposed extraterrestrial occupants of UFOs.
  3. (euphemistic, usually in plural) A soldier lacking identification as to create uncertainty around their allegiance (most notably employed during the Ukrainian crisis).
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: petit homme vert
  • German: kleines grünes Männchen, grünes Männchen
  • Russian: зелёный челове́чек
  • Spanish: hombrecillo verde
Translations
  • German: grünes Männchen
  • Russian: зелёный челове́чек



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