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

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Think of Christian Dior, whose ideal, in 1947, was a femme fleur; or Dries Van Noten, a noted green thumb. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "19 Alternative Bouquets for Mother’s Day Gifting, Plucked From the Fall Shows," 11 May 2019 The kit also comes with special software that can send you notifications and updates on how your garden is doing (this is perfect for people like me, who don't naturally have a green thumb). Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Shark Tank's Seedsheets Gardening Kits Are on Sale for Amazon Prime Day," 15 July 2019 But in his day, Evelyn was well known for his green thumb. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A 17th-Century Ode to Salads Is Heading to Auction," 15 Aug. 2019 Amenities available to all residents include a roof deck, gym, floor to ceiling windows and a community garden behind the building for those with green thumbs. Darcel Rockett,, "Chicago’s 3 new apartment-library developments offer fresh take on mixed-use buildings," 15 July 2019 There's a large garden in the backyard, perfect for those with green thumbs who want to enjoy a secluded space. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "So, You Could Be Neighbors With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 20 May 2019 Here’s how those garden wonders have evolved or been replaced, from a light for avid green thumbs who just couldn’t stop shoveling at sunset, to a hose holder for those weary from hours of watering. Sunset, "Night Gardening, Easy Squeezing, and 6 Other Gardening Ideas That Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time," 22 Jan. 2018 The Gardman 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse ($26.87; is ideal for anyone looking to put their green thumb to work with limited space to do it. Christina Butan,, "You Can Build Your Own Mini Greenhouse in 20 Minutes With This DIY Kit from Amazon," 21 June 2019 Ready to get your green thumb on this summer but could use some extra help? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This $40 Portable Greenhouse Will Change the Way You Garden," 17 June 2019

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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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