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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun ginger:


Definition of Ginger

What does Ginger mean?


  1. perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
  2. dried ground gingerroot
    • 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


  1. add ginger to in order to add flavor

adjective satellite

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

Alternative definition


  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).


  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.

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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  1. Ginger is a rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for his band The Wildhearts.
  2. Ginger a.k.a. Geri Halliwell: Geraldine Estelle "Geri" Halliwell is a British pop singer-songwriter, clothes designer, author and actress. Halliwell came to international prominence in the late 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of girl group the Spice Girls. She reportedly amassed a $30 million fortune during her last two years in the group. Halliwell launched her solo career in 1998, releasing her album Schizophonic. She has since released two more studio albums – Scream If You Wanna Go Faster and Passion – as well as four singles that reached number one on the UK Singles Chart: "Mi Chico Latino", "Lift Me Up", "Bag It Up" and "It's Raining Men". In 2008 Halliwell published a book series named Ugenia Lavender. As a solo artist, Halliwell has sold 12 million records worldwide, and been nominated for four Brit Awards. In 1999 she wrote her first autobiography If Only, in which she described her life as a Spice Girl. Her second autobiography was released in 2002. She is expected to release her fourth studio album "Putting On The Bling" in 2012.
  3. Ginger a.k.a. Ginger Baker: Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker is an English drummer, best known for his work with Cream and Blind Faith. He is also known for his numerous associations with World music, mainly the use of African influences. He has also had other collaborations such as with Gary Moore, Hawkwind and Public Image Ltd.
  4. Ginger a.k.a. Ginger Lynn is an American pornographic model, prominent in 1980s videos. She also had occasional roles in low-budget B-movies. AVN has ranked her at #7 in a list of the 50 greatest porn stars of all time. After ending her adult-entertainment career she began using her full name of Ginger Lynn Allen and found work in a variety of B-movies. She had a late career comeback to the adult industry and made a brief series of movies. During this two-year period she toured the country doing interviews for radio shows and appearances at adult-entertainment stores.
  5. Ginger a.k.a. Chloe Rogers: Chloe Naomi Rogers is an English field hockey player midfield and forward. She made her senior international debut for the England women's national field hockey team in October 2003 versus Japan at Chelmer Park, Chelmsford, Essex. She holds a World Cup bronze, a Champions Trophy silver and bronze along with two Commonwealth Games bronze medals as well as European Championship bronzes. She is also one of the leading indoor hockey players in the UK.
  6. Ginger a.k.a. Ginger Lea is a pornographic actress.
    • also known as Tonya Shorts, Ginger Lee, Tonya Trzebny
    • born on (40 years ago) in Hamilton
    • nationality: Canada
    • profession: Pornographic actor, actor
  7. Ginger a.k.a. Ginger Lee is a film actor.
    • also known as Candace Raines, Abbie Lebon
    • born on (30 years ago) in Macon
    • nationality: United States of America
    • profession: Actor, pornographic actor
  8. Ginger a.k.a. Ginger Lees: Harry Riley Lees was a former international motorcycle speedway rider who rode in the first ever Speedway World Championship final in 1936. He was born in Bury, England.
    • also known as Harry Riley Lees
    • born in (109 years ago) in Bury
    • nationality: England
    • died in (32 years ago) in Bury
    • filmography: "Money for Speed"
  9. Ginger a.k.a. Virginia Montero is an American actress.

There are other people with Ginger in their name, like Ray Ginger, Cari Ginger, Edna Ginger, Ginger Curl, Ginger Dann, Ginger Dave, Ginger Fish, Ginger Hale and many others.


Ginger was a Canadian rock band in the 1990s. The band initially consisted of Tom Hooper on bass, Chris Hooper on drums and Vincent Jones on keyboards, following the departure of Kevin Kane from their earlier band The Grapes of Wrath. Guitar positions were covered by both Lanny Hussey and Sean Ashby, working as session players.

There are other groups with Ginger in their name, like ginger ale, Silver Ginger 5, Ginger Baker Trio, Knock-Knock Ginger, Ginger & Paul Gilbert, Ginger Baker's Air Force and Ginger Alford & Paul Baribeau.


  1. Ginger is a fictional character from the 2012 film Ginger and Rosa.
  2. Ginger is a fictional character from the 2004 film Alexandria... New York.
  3. Ginger is a fictional character from Six Days in Paradise.
  4. Ginger is a fictional character of the 2006 film Bikini Bloodbath.
  5. Ginger a.k.a. Ginger Fitzgerald is a fictional character from the 2000 film Ginger Snaps.

There are other characters with Ginger in their name, like ginger nut, Ginger Alden, Ginger Grant, Ginger Spice, Ginger Connolly.


"Ginger" is a children's picture book by Charlotte Voake. In 1997 it won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award. It is about a pampered house cat who resents the sudden appearance of a kitten in her life. The book is followed by Ginger Finds a Home, a prequel, and Ginger and the Mystery Visitor, in which Ginger and the kitten confront a stranger.


  1. "Ginger" is an 2013 Malayalam action-comedy road film directed by Shaji Kailas and starring...
    • country: India
    • language: Malayalam Language
    • music by S. P. Venkatesh, Bichu Thirumala
    • genres: Action Film, Comedy, Road movie, Malayalam Cinema, World cinema
    • released on
  2. "Ginger" is a film, directed by Don Schain.


"Ginger" is an album released by Speedy J in 1993, as part of Warp's Artificial Intelligence series. It is the sixth release in the series. "De-Orbit" also appears on the Artificial Intelligence compilation.


  1. Ginger a.k.a. The Gebelein predynastic mummies are six naturally mummified bodies, dating to approximately 3400 BC from the Late Predynastic period of Egypt, and were the first complete pre-dynastic bodies to be discovered. The well-preserved bodies were excavated at the end of the nineteenth century by Wallis Budge, the British Museum Keeper for Egyptology, from shallow sand graves near Gebelein in the Egyptian desert.
  2. Ginger was The Beezer's cover star from its first issue until 1961. Pop, Dick and Harry took over the cover for a few years afterwards, but Ginger returned to the front cover in 1964.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ginger

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Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

Combined Dictionary and Thesaurus 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

Zingiber qfficinale Zingiberaceae Forty-four hundred years ago, Greek bakers were using ginger imported from the Orient to make gingerbread. The Spanish were cultivating ginger as early as the sixteenth century, and the conquistadors ...

Google previewLexicon Pharmaceuticum, Or a Pharmaceutical Dictionary (1828)

Comprehending the Pharmacopoeias of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin, with a Variety of Other Useful Information Relative to Medicine and Pharmacy, Designed Expressly for the Use of Students by Thomas Castle

The Common Ginger Plant; or Amomum Zingibsr of the Edinburgh Phar- macopeeia, and of Linnsrus. This plant, the Zingibsr Officinalis*, is a perennial of the class Monan- rtria, order Monogynia ; indigenous in the East Indies, but now ...

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 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 previewComplete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants (2008)

by Susan Gregg

GINGER Zingiber officinale Brings you great success Ginger will: • Make your magic more effective • Protect you and your home • Attract love The plant: Ginger is said to be a native of Asia and is cultivated in the West lndies, Jamaica, and ...

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

by Andrew Smith, Bruce Kraig

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 Encyclopedia of Herbs (2009)

A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance by Thomas DeBaggio, Arthur O. Tucker

ăs-å-rŭm kăn-ă-dĕn-sē wild ginger Family: Aristolochiaceae Growth form: creeping herbaceous perennial to 6 inches (15 cm) Hardiness: hardy to New Brunswick and Quebec (Zone 4) Light: shade Water: constantly moist to edge of standing ...

Google previewLittle Herb Encyclopedia (1995)

The Handbook of Natures Remedies for a Healthier Life by Jack Ritchason

GINGER (Zingiber officinale) A.K.A.,: African Ginger. BODILY INFLUENCE: Analgesic, Antacid, Anti-emetic, Anti- inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Aperitive, Aromatic, Carminative, Diaphoretic (if taken hot), Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, ...

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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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