un·​ripe | \ ˌən-ˈrīp How to pronounce unripe (audio) \

Definition of unripe

1 : not ripe : immature unripe fruit
2 : not ready : unprepared unripe plans

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Other Words from unripe

unripeness noun

Examples of unripe in a Sentence

Bananas are green when unripe. unripe and unprepared recruits who were sent into battle as cannon fodder
Recent Examples on the Web This wine was delightful on the nose with lemon, white flowers, very clean with green apples, on the verge of being unripe, though, which gave the palate a bit of a shock with the acidity. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Verjus, a grape juice made from high-acid, low-sugar unripe grapes, is a tart beverage. Lia Picard, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 Gill’s mother and her friends would use the unripe fruit to make achaar — different kinds of hot, oily pickles. New York Times, 26 May 2021 In Bengali cuisine, unripe skins are cooked until soft, then puréed with garlic and green chiles, and sautéed with additional seasonings. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Umeshu is a Japanese liqueur that is made by steeping unripe green plums (ume in Japanese) in Shōchū liquor and sugar. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Likewise, unripe tomatoes also contain more tomatine than ripe ones—though still a small amount. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 10 Apr. 2021 The Nebbiolo nose includes soft but pungent aromas of almonds, strawberries, unripe raspberries, cherries and mild lemon as well as earthy aromas—wet hay and ferns. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Just as her new plants were starting to flourish, whipping winds and torrential rains from hurricanes Eta and Iota last November uprooted the bushes and shook the unripe berries to the ground. Anna-catherine Brigida, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unripe

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unripe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unripe. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unripe

of food : not fully grown or developed : not yet ready to eat : not ripe


un·​ripe | \ ˌən-ˈrīp How to pronounce unripe (audio) \

Kids Definition of unripe

: not ripe or mature


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