green thumb


Definition of green thumb 

: an unusual ability to make plants grow

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green-thumbed \ˈgrēn-ˈthəmd \ adjective

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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 Pete had the green thumb and used it to grow exceptional marijuana for medical customers in the basement of his Colorado home. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 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," 22 June 2018 But not everyone has space for keeping a compost heap, and not everyone's got a green thumb. Josie Colt, WIRED, "Compost Makes an Internet Community Grow, Thanks to an App," 19 June 2018 Knock off the constant countertop vigilance and do something fun instead–start training that green thumb, perhaps? Tori Rodriguez, Woman's Day, "5 "Bad" Habits That Are Actually Good for You," 3 Aug. 2016 Amazon just opened a new Plant Shop filled with all kinds of flowers, shrubs, and cute succulents, so bathroom makeovers and green thumbs have never been easier. Maria Cassano, Allure, "7 Air-Purifying Shower Plants That Keep Your Bathroom Fresh," 16 May 2018 Gung-ho gardeners and overzealous green thumbs: Prepare! Indianapolis Star, "RECIPES: Zucchini Overload," 7 May 2018 Still, the apparent compost heist aggravated a scarcity of compost that has irked green thumbs around Boise since the program began last year. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Someone apparently stole compost from a Boise pickup site. No kidding. | Idaho Statesman," 23 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

: 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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