green thumb


Definition of green thumb

: an unusual ability to make plants grow

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green-thumbed \ ˈgrēn-​ˈthəmd How to pronounce green-thumbed (audio) \ adjective

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Green up: There's a new club with a green thumb in town. Rich Heileman,, "LivFaith to host fundraiser for Kendall and Vinny: Around The Town," 11 May 2018 With every big, waxy Monstera leaf or pint-size succulent that flickered across my feed, my inner green thumb ached. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 Not having a green thumb isn't the worst thing in the world, but when you're cursed with the inability to keep plants alive and the desire to turn your home into an Instagram-worthy plant paradise, things can get pretty frustrating. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "How To Keep A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Alive Without Losing Your Mind," 19 July 2018 Dryp is a new app that aims to be a one-stop shop for wannabe green thumbs. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New app Dryp wants to be your ‘personal plant assistant’," 18 Sep. 2018 The Alaskan native, known on the Kilcher Homestead for her impressive green thumb, is teaching Charlotte Kilcher and Tela O'Donnell how to properly can food at home. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Exclusive Season Preview of 'Alaska: The Last Frontier' Confronts the Threat of a 'Deadly' Disease," 6 Oct. 2018 On the map, the area seems to stick out like a big green thumb on the hand of Philadelphia. Inga Saffron,, "Philadelphia's housing boom finally reaches Mount Airy. Can it avoid the mistakes of other neighborhoods? | Inga Saffron," 17 May 2018 But the real story here is that thanks to pothos, everyone can have green thumb. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Confession: Pothos Is the Only Houseplant I Can Actually Keep Alive Because It Refuses to Die," 22 June 2018 Anyone with a green thumb, or who'd like to have one, is invited to take part in the event, but don't forget to bring your yard tools. Rich Heileman,, "LivFaith to host fundraiser for Kendall and Vinny: Around The Town," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of green thumb

1937, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of green thumb

US : an unusual ability to make plants grow

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Kids Definition of green thumb

: a talent for growing plants

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