having the colour of grass or leaves:
beautiful green eyes
Raw coffee beans are green in colour.
dark/light/pale/bright green➔ bottle green, lime green
a dark green dress
; ➔ olive greenat olive (3), pea green
covered with grass, trees, bushes etc:
not yet ready to be eaten, or very young:
The bananas are still green.
tiny green shoots of new grass
a) also Green [only before noun]
connected with the environment or its protection:
green issues such as the greenhouse effect and global warming
He was an early champion of green politics.
harming the environment as little as possible:
We need to develop greener cleaning products.
young and lacking experience [= naive]:
I was pretty green then; I had a lot of things to learn.
looking pale and unhealthy because you are ill:
George looked a bit green the next morning.
look green about/around the gills (=look pale and ill)
wishing very much that you had something that someone else has
jealousy - often used humorously
9 British English have a green thumb American English
to be good at making plants grow
10 American English informal
—greenness noun [uncountable]