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ginger

noun gin·ger \ ˈjin-jər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ginger

1 a (1) : a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes medicinally
(2) : the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding ginger
b : any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes; especially : a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most commercial ginger — compare wild ginger
2 : pep
  • the ginger to … work hard
  • —Willa Cather
3 a : a light reddish or reddish-brown color
  • ginger hair
b chiefly British, sometimes offensive : a person with red hair : redhead 1
  • The Breda Redhead Days festival—which grew out of a photo shoot by Dutch artist Bart Rouwenhorst—now attracts five or six thousand gingers from around the world.
  • —Bruce Ingram

gingery

play \ˈjinj-rē, ˈjin-jə-\ adjective

Examples of ginger in a Sentence

  1. The recipe calls for a teaspoon of ginger.

  2. a 60-year-old with the ginger to consider skydiving lessons

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Origin and Etymology of ginger

Middle English, alteration of Old English gingifer, from Medieval Latin gingiber, alteration of Latin zingiber, from Greek zingiberi, of Indo-Aryan origin; akin to Pali siṅgivēra ginger

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ginger

verb

Definition of ginger

gingered; gingering play \ˈjinj-riŋ, ˈjin-jə-\
transitive verb
: to make lively : pep up
  • ginger up the tourist trade
  • The New York Times


GINGER Defined for English Language Learners

ginger

noun

Definition of ginger for English Language Learners

  • : the strongly flavored root of a tropical plant that is used in cooking

  • : a spice made from ginger

  • : a light reddish or reddish-brown color


GINGER Defined for Kids

ginger

noun gin·ger \ ˈjin-jər \

Definition of ginger for Students

: a hot spice obtained from the root of a tropical plant and used especially to season foods

Medical Dictionary

ginger

noun gin·ger \ ˈjin-jər \

medical Definition of ginger

1 a : a thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes in medicine
b : the spice usually prepared by drying and grinding ginger
2 : any of a genus (Zingiber of the family Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) of herbs with pungent aromatic rhizomes; especially : a widely cultivated tropical herb (Z. officinale) that supplies most of the ginger of commerce


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