green thumb


Definition of green thumb

: an unusual ability to make plants grow

Other Words from green thumb

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

Examples of green thumb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their mother, Helen, has the kind of green thumb that heals plants., 6 Oct. 2021 Griffin, the social media star behind the Instagram account @plantkween, often uses their platform to debunk the idea of the green thumb. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Got a best friend, family member, or partner with a green thumb? Kelsey Clark, Glamour, 3 Nov. 2021 For those with a green thumb or a soft spot for succulents, The Urban Botanist reveals 24 miniature plants and botanical gifts waiting to be unwrapped. Julie Tong, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2021 This houseplant guide is here to serve as a resource for you throughout your journey towards a green thumb. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 22 Sep. 2021 From creative ways to flex your green thumb to going wild with flowers, here are some outside-the-box ways to bring the outdoors in. Sarah Grossbart, Good Housekeeping, 30 Aug. 2021 And so, a green thumb and a great idea is now a four-generation Northern Kentucky institution. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2021 The garage roof deck, also accessible from this level, is an ideal spot to put your green thumb to work and start a garden. cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of green thumb

1937, in the meaning defined above

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25 Dec 2021

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“Green thumb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of green thumb

: 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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