Synonyms of 'green'
covered with grass, plants, or treesThe city has only thirteen square centimetres of green space for each inhabitant.
of or concerned with conservation and improvement of the environment: used in a political contexttrying to persuade governments to adopt greener policies
ecological, , ,
ecological disasters such as the destruction of the rainforest
ecologically sound, , , , , ,
(of fruit) fresh, raw, or unripePick and ripen any green fruits in a warm dark place.
inexperienced or gullibleHe was a young lad, very green and immature.
They are inexperienced when it comes to decorating.
They seemed so young and innocent.
He's so naive he'll believe anything I tell him.
They don't ask questions for fear of appearing ignorant.
You're just being childish and immature.
I'm so gullible I believed him.
Although he's 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
It is nonsense to say we have untrained staff dealing with emergencies.
He was quite unsophisticated in the ways of the world.
Why are westerners such credulous suckers for alternative therapies?
He seemed too ingenuous for a reporter.
wet behind the ears (informal), , ,
Collectors worldwide will turn green with envy.
pale and sick-lookingBy the end of the race the runners would be green with sickness.
Sea travel makes me feel nauseous.
He was seriously ill with pneumonia.
The very thought of food made him feel sick.
A pale light seeped through the window.
a poorly dressed, unhealthy looking fellow with a poor complexion
The lamp cast a wan light through the swirls of fog.
under the weather
I'm feeling a bit under the weather today.
a person who supports environmentalist issuesThe Greens see themselves as a radical alternative to the two major parties.
Environmentalists argue that drift net fishing should be banned.
related adjective verdant
See Shades of green
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Green is the colour of plants and vegetation and many of its extended meanings derive from this. If an area is described as having green spaces, it has parkland, gardens, fields and the like. Similarly, green belt is a zone of open country surrounding a city which is protected from urban development. Green politics are those which concentrate on preserving the environment and natural resources. Green is also the colour of unripe fruit and plants, which has led to the meanings of youth, lack of maturity, and lack of experience. When applied to human physiology, green is the colour of biliousness and sickness as in the phrase green around the gills. Jealousy was formerly linked with the colour yellow, but now is expressed in various phrases with green, such as Shakespeare's green-eyed monster (jealousy) and green with envy. One modern metaphorical meaning of green is in traffic signalling, where a green light means go. The verb greenlight, meaning to authorize or permit something to proceed, shows a recent extension of this sense.
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in the sense of callow
young and inexperiencedAlthough he's 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
in the sense of covetous
jealously longing to possess somethingHis sports car was attracting covetous stares.
in the sense of credulous
arising from or showing credulityWhy are westerners such credulous suckers for alternative therapies?
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