green river


  1. a town in SW Wyoming.


  1. Henrietta Howland RobinsonHetty, 1835–1916, U.S. financier.
  2. HenryHenry Vincent Yorke, 1905–73, English novelist.
  3. John Richard,1837–83, English historian.
  4. Julian,1900–1998, French writer, born in U.S.
  5. Paul Eliot,1894–1981, U.S. playwright, novelist, and teacher.
  6. William,1873–1952, U.S. labor leader: president of the A.F.L. 1924–52.
  7. a river flowing S from W Wyoming to join the Colorado River in SE Utah. 730 miles (1175 km) long.


  1. 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 coloursRelated adjective: verdant
  2. a dye or pigment of or producing these colours
  3. something of the colour green
  4. a small area of grassland, esp in the centre of a village
  5. an area of ground used for a purposea putting green
  6. (plural)
    1. the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable
    2. freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration
  7. (sometimes capital) a person, esp a politician, who supports environmentalist issues (see sense 13)
  8. slang money
  9. slang marijuana of low quality
  10. (plural) slang sexual intercourse


  1. of the colour green
  2. greenish in colour or having parts or marks that are greenisha green monkey
  3. (sometimes capital) concerned with or relating to conservation of the world’s natural resources and improvement of the environmentgreen policies; the green consumer
  4. vigorous; not fadeda green old age
  5. envious or jealous
  6. immature, unsophisticated, or gullible
  7. characterized by foliage or green plantsa green wood; a green salad
  8. fresh, raw, or unripegreen bananas
  9. unhealthily pale in appearancehe was green after his boat trip
  10. 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 EUgreen pound
  11. (of pottery) not fired
  12. (of meat) not smoked or cured; unprocessedgreen bacon
  13. metallurgy (of a product, such as a sand mould or cermet) compacted but not yet fired; ready for firing
  14. (of timber) freshly felled; not dried or seasoned
  15. (of concrete) not having matured to design strength


  1. to make or become green


  1. Henry, real name Henry Vincent Yorke . 1905–73, British novelist: author of Living (1929), Loving (1945), and Back (1946)
  2. John Richard. 1837–83, British historian; author of A Short History of the English People (1874)
  3. T (homas) H (ill). 1836–82, British idealist philosopher. His chief work, Prolegomena to Ethics, was unfinished at his death


  1. a river in the western US, rising in W central Wyoming and flowing south into Utah, east through NW Colorado, re-entering Utah before joining the Colorado River. Length: 1175 km (730 miles)
n., adj.

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.

In addition to the idioms beginning with green

  • green about the gills
  • green light, the
  • green thumb
  • green with envy

also see:

  • grass is always greener

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