green thumb


Definition of green thumb

: an unusual ability to make plants grow

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Other Words from green thumb

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

Examples of green thumb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a good way to scratch the itch on your green thumb until spring can come again. Adrienne So, Wired, "The Best Black Friday Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals," 27 Nov. 2020 Your friend who has been exercising their green thumb during quarantine will appreciate this token that celebrates the flowers and plants in their life. Meghan Kavanaugh, USA TODAY, "41 thoughtful DIY gifts anyone would love," 4 Nov. 2020 To get your nature fix, test your own green thumb with this herb garden kit, which includes basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "50 things to keep yourself entertained when you're stuck at home," 30 Oct. 2020 From a tiny brass plant mister for the budding green thumb to a heated foot massager that's perfect for pampering mom—there's something for everyone on your list. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "33 Amazon Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List," 1 Oct. 2020 Through the end of today, September 29, green thumb enthusiasts can snag seeds, fertilizers, planters and much more up to 50% off. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Gardening supplies are up to 50% off at The Home Depot—but for today only," 29 Sep. 2020 After all, some people love the look of plants in their home but seriously lack a green thumb. Ana Connery, CNN Underscored, "16 artificial plants and flowers that actually look real," 28 Sep. 2020 But anyone who's struggled to keep even a spider plant alive knows that a green thumb, even of the humble indoor variety, doesn't come naturally to everyone. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Plant Person," 11 Aug. 2020 Dear Annie: Our neighbor, friend and co-worker has a green thumb and a wonderful, bountiful garden. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Husband digs a deeper hole in second letter to Annie," 2 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of green thumb

1937, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2020

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“Green thumb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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