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[green-groh-ser] /ˈgrinˌgroʊ sər/
noun, Chiefly British
a retailer of fresh vegetables and fruit.
Origin of greengrocer
1715-25; green + grocer Unabridged
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  • In those days you bought them cooked at the charcuterie for the same price that you got them raw at the greengrocer's.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Do you talk about your sister to the butcher and the greengrocer, too?

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • It is easier to ruin a kingdom and aggrandise one's own pride and prejudices than to set up a greengrocer's stall.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • She knew him well, this Isidore, the son of Virginie the greengrocer.

  • The parrot at the greengrocer's was a vulgar bird, and not by any means admissible in Lincolnshire.

  • The particulars were repeated, whereupon the sick-room shook with, 'greengrocer?'

  • She being on foot and he on wheels, it was natural that he should offer her a lift in his cart—it was a greengrocer's cart.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
  • "Wait and see which side he sits down upon," said the greengrocer.

    Beast and Man in India John Lockwood Kipling
  • Stopping at a greengrocer's in the town, he bought two ripe pears, at three halfpence each.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
British Dictionary definitions for greengrocer


(mainly Brit) a retail trader in fruit and vegetables
Derived Forms
greengrocery, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for greengrocer

1723, from green "vegetables" + grocer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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