lemony








noun

  1. the yellowish, acid fruit of a subtropical citrus tree, Citrus limon.
  2. the tree itself.
  3. lemon yellow.
  4. Informal. a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory; dud: His car turned out to be a lemon.

adjective

  1. made of or with lemon.
  2. having the color, taste, or odor of lemon.

adjective

  1. having or resembling the taste or colour of a lemon
  2. Australian slang angry or irritable

noun

  1. a small Asian evergreen tree, Citrus limon, widely cultivated in warm and tropical regions, having pale green glossy leaves and edible fruitsRelated adjectives: citric, citrine, citrous
    1. the yellow oval fruit of this tree, having juicy acidic flesh rich in vitamin C
    2. (as modifier)a lemon jelly
  2. Also called: lemon yellow
    1. a greenish-yellow or strong yellow colour
    2. (as adjective)lemon wallpaper
  3. a distinctive tart flavour made from or in imitation of the lemon
  4. slang a person or thing considered to be useless or defective

adj.1846, from lemon (n.1) + -y (2). In Australia/New Zealand slang, also “irritated, angry” (1941). n.1type of citrus fruit, c.1400, lymon, from Old French limon “citrus fruit” (12c.), via Proven├žal or Italian from Arabic laimun, from Persian limu(n), generic terms for citrus fruits (cf. lime (n.2)); cognate with Sanskrit nimbu “the lime.” Slang meaning “a Quaalude” is 1960s, from Lemmon, name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug. n.2“worthless thing,” 1909, American English slang; from lemon (n.1), perhaps via criminal slang sense of “a person who is a loser, a simpleton,” which is perhaps from the notion of someone a sharper can “suck the juice out of.” A pool hall hustle was called a lemon game (1908); while to hand someone a lemon was British slang (1906) for “to pass off a sub-standard article as a good one.” Or it simply may be a metaphor for something which leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth.

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