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Synonyms of 'green'

(adjective) 
Definition
covered with grass, plants, or trees
The city has only thirteen square centimetres of green space for each inhabitant.
Synonyms
verdant (literary)
a small verdant garden with a view over Paris
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leafy
Our house was surrounded by tall leafy trees.
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grassy
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verdurous
(adjective) 
Definition
of or concerned with conservation and improvement of the environment: used in a political context
trying to persuade governments to adopt greener policies
Synonyms
ecological
ecological disasters such as the destruction of the rainforest
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conservationist
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environment-friendly
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ecologically sound
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eco-friendly
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ozone-friendly
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non-polluting
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sustainable
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recyclable
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green-collar
(adjective) 
Definition
(of fruit) fresh, raw, or unripe
Pick and ripen any green fruits in a warm dark place.
Synonyms
unripe
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fresh
The soldiers were fresh recruits.
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raw
He is still raw but his potential shows.
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immature
The birds were in immature plumage.
(adjective) 
Definition
inexperienced or gullible
He was a young lad, very green and immature.
Synonyms
inexperienced
They are inexperienced when it comes to decorating.
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innocent
They seemed so young and innocent.
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naive
He's so naive he'll believe anything I tell him.
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ignorant
They don't ask questions for fear of appearing ignorant.
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immature
You're just being childish and immature.
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gullible
I'm so gullible I believed him.
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callow
Although he's 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
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untrained
It is nonsense to say we have untrained staff dealing with emergencies.
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unsophisticated
He was quite unsophisticated in the ways of the world.
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credulous
Why are westerners such credulous suckers for alternative therapies?
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ingenuous
He seemed too ingenuous for a reporter.
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wet behind the ears (informal)
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unpractised
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unversed
(adjective) 
Collectors worldwide will turn green with envy.
Synonyms
jealous
I have never sought to make my readers jealous of my megastar lifestyle.
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resentful
He turned away in a resentful silence.
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envious
I think she is envious of your success.
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covetous
His sports car was attracting covetous stares.
(adjective) 
Definition
pale and sick-looking
By the end of the race the runners would be green with sickness.
Synonyms
nauseous
Sea travel makes me feel nauseous.
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ill
He was seriously ill with pneumonia.
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sick
The very thought of food made him feel sick.
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pale
A pale light seeped through the window.
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unhealthy
a poorly dressed, unhealthy looking fellow with a poor complexion
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wan
The lamp cast a wan light through the swirls of fog.
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under the weather
I'm feeling a bit under the weather today.
(noun) 
Definition
a person who supports environmentalist issues
The Greens see themselves as a radical alternative to the two major parties.
Synonyms
environmentalist
Environmentalists argue that drift net fishing should be banned.
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conservationist
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tree-hugger (informal, derogatory)
(noun) 
Definition
an area of smooth turf kept for a special purpose
a pageant on the village green
Synonyms
lawn
, ,
turf
They shuffled slowly down the turf towards the cliff's edge.
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sward
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grassplot

related words

related adjective verdant

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See Shades of green

figurative note

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.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of callow
Definition
young and inexperienced
Although he's 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
in the sense of covetous
Definition
jealously longing to possess something
His sports car was attracting covetous stares.
in the sense of credulous
Definition
arising from or showing credulity
Why are westerners such credulous suckers for alternative therapies?
Synonyms
trusting,
naive or naïve,
born yesterday (informal),
wet behind the ears (informal),
unsuspicious,
as green as grass,
dupable,
overtrusting

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