green thumb

noun
an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully: Houseplants provide much pleasure for the city dweller with a green thumb.

Origin:
1940–45

green-thumbed, adjective
green-thumber, noun
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green thumb
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): green fingers considerable talent or ability to grow plants

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green thumb definition


A knack for growing plants and keeping them healthy: “All my houseplants are in sorry shape; it's clear I don't have a green thumb.”

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green thumb

A knack for making plants grow well, as in Just look at Louise's plantsshe really has a green thumb. This term presumably alludes to the stained fingers of an avid gardener. [First half of 1900s]

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Example sentences
Emphasizes proper preparation and care for gardening success without a green thumb.
When it comes to cultivating a green thumb, gardeners perhaps need only look to their urinals and fireplaces.
And try your best at being a green thumb to learn about growing your own fruits, veggies and herbs.
The terraced, fenced yard provides privacy and an opportunity to flex your green thumb or barbecue on the patio.
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