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Ginger appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Reg, Ginger’ll act on odists I sniff at, so no staff insists I do not call Reg 'nigger’.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun ginger:

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Definition of the noun ginger

What does ginger mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: gingers

  1. perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
  2. dried ground gingerroot
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of ginger: powdered ginger
    • more generic word: spice = any of a variety of pungent aromatic vegetable substances used for flavoring food
    • substance: gingerroot = pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant
  3. pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Asian cookery
  4. liveliness and energy

Alternative definition of the noun ginger


  1. Any plant of a genus (Zingiber, especially Zingiber officinale) of tropical Asiatic and Polynesian herbs of a family (Zingiberaceae, the ginger family) with pungent aromatic rhizomes used as a condiment and as a stimulant and acarminative.
  2. The rhizome of this plant used as a spice either as it is or in dried powdered form.
  3. A reddish-brown colour/color.
  4. [colloquial] [countable] A person with reddish-brown hair; a redhead.

Definition of the adjective ginger

What does ginger mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. (used especially of hair or fur) having a bright orange-brown color

Alternative definition of the adjective ginger


  1. (used to describe hair) Of a reddish-brown colour.
  2. flavoured with ginger.
  3. [context: Cockney rhyming slang, derogatory] Queer (ie, homosexual) (short for ginger beer, rhyming with queer).

Definition of the verb ginger

What does ginger mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: gingered | gingering | gingers

  1. add ginger to in order to add flavor

Phrases with Ginger

Phrases starting with the word Ginger:

  1. ginger up
  2. Ginger ale
  3. ginger nut
  4. ginger pop
  5. Ginger beer
  6. Ginger Knob
  7. Ginger Root
  8. Ginger Snap
  9. Ginger-Lily
  10. Ginger-Pine
  11. Ginger Prawn

Phrases ending with the word Ginger:

  1. red ginger
  2. stem ginger
  3. wild ginger
  4. Crepe-Ginger
  5. Mango Ginger
  6. Mioga Ginger
  7. shell ginger
  8. Torch-Ginger
  9. White Ginger

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ginger

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Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

ginger noun, adjective Ginger is the root of a tropical plant that is used as a spice. [Ginger comes via Old English, Latin and Greek from Pali (a language of southern India).] gingham noun Gingham is a special cotton cloth with a checked or ...

Google previewRodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs (1998)

by Claire Kowalchik, William H. Hylton

The Spanish were cultivating ginger as early as the sixteenth century, and the conquistadors introduced it to the New World via Jamaica. It became so popular among Europeans that in 1884 Great Britain imported over 5 million pounds of the ...

Google previewCunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (2012)

by Scott Cunningham

Dried root +F: P; Sg Fresh: G Folk Name: African Ginger Gender: Masculine Planet: Mars Element: Fire Powers: Love, Money, Success, Power Magical Uses: Eating ginger before performing spells will lend them power, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food (2006)

by Andrew F. Smith

Ginger Ale been modified by genetic engineering. Much of the food in the United States today contains GMOs. Europeans have been much more circumspect regarding the use of GMOs and the European Union and many countries have ...

Google previewThe Diner's Dictionary (2012)

Word Origins of Food and Drink by John Ayto

ginger So complex is the linguistic history of ginger that A. S. C. Ross (formulator of U and non-U) wrote an ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2013)

by Andrew Smith

Ginger ale—a carbonated beverage sweetened and flavored with extract of ginger root (or imitations thereof)—serves as the...

Ginger beer, which peaked in popularity in the early nineteenth century, was certainly considered to be healthy: ...


a genus of Zingibcracea', of which most species yield root- stocks useful as condiments and stomachics, especially the narrow-leaved or common ginger (Z. officinale), which has l>een cultivated in the East Indies from time ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Wholesome Foods (2006)

A Passionate A-to-Z Guide to the Earth's Healthy Offerings, with More Than 140 Delicious, Nutritious Recipes by Anstice Carroll, Embree De Persiis Vona, Gianna De Persiis Vona

Ginger has long been cultivated in tropical Asia. Marco Polo reported it growing in China, and Europeans raced over the "spice routes" to obtain this aromatic delicacy. It is now most commonly grown in Jamaica, Africa, South America ...

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Quotes about Ginger

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels. (Faith Whittlesey)
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Scrabble value of G2I1N1G2E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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