green thumb


: an unusual ability to make plants grow
green-thumbed adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Get your green thumb on with Bonsai Bar x Smug Brewing March 4. Lauren Daley,, 2 Mar. 2023 Those with a green thumb will also appreciate the two-bed vegetable garden, perfect for Mediterranean herbs, tomatoes or lettuce. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2023 Though not in attendance at the ceremony, Cameron was also honored with the Voices for the Earth Award in recognition of the filmmaker’s green thumb. Katie Reul, Variety, 10 Feb. 2023 Find your favorite and get ready to flex your green thumb. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 9 Feb. 2023 A lot of these can involve gardens and house plants, but unfortunately not everyone has a green thumb. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, 23 Oct. 2020 Here's a great intro bundle for the aspiring green thumb. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 8 Nov. 2022 The green thumb in your life is going to be spending a lot of time out in the sun. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 26 Oct. 2022 Even choosing to fill your space with low-maintenance indoor plants like succulents and snake plants is not a guarantee that the plants will thrive in a household where no one has a green thumb. Gabriela Izquierdo, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of green thumb was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Green thumb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

green thumb

: an unusual ability to make plants grow
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