grass

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gras, gres, gers, from Old English græs, gærs (grass, blade of grass, herb, young corn, hay, plant; pasture), from Proto-Germanic *grasą (grass), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreh₁- (to grow).

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Grass.

grass (countable and uncountable, plural grasses)

  1. (countable, uncountable) Any plant of the family Poaceae, characterized by leaves that arise from nodes in the stem and leaf bases that wrap around the stem, especially those grown as ground cover rather than for grain.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
  2. (countable) Various plants not in family Poaceae that resemble grasses.
  3. (uncountable) A lawn.
  4. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana.
  5. (countable, Britain, slang) An informer, police informer; one who betrays a group (of criminals, etc) to the authorities.
    • 2007, Paul Knight, Coding of a Concrete Animal, page 215:
      He was a grass and an arse lick and he didn't do it for him, he did it for his brother, because if Vaughan had hit him especially with his mallet, Mark was the kind of lowlife that would have pressed charges and then that's a whole different problem.
  6. (uncountable, physics) Sharp, closely spaced discontinuities in the trace of a cathode-ray tube, produced by random interference.
  7. (uncountable, slang) Noise on an A-scope or similar type of radar display.
  8. The season of fresh grass; spring or summer.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Latham, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      two years old next grass
  9. (obsolete, figuratively) That which is transitory.
    • Bible Is. xl. 7
      Surely the people is grass.
  10. (countable, folk etymology) Asparagus; "sparrowgrass".
  11. (mining) The surface of a mine.

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  • Tok Pisin: gras, garas
  • Fiji Hindi: giraas

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Verb[edit]

grass (third-person singular simple present grasses, present participle grassing, simple past and past participle grassed)

  1. (transitive) To lay out on the grass; to knock down (an opponent etc.).
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty, Norton, published 2005, page 709:
      He flew at me with his knife, and I had to grass him twice, and got a cut over the knuckles, before I had the upper hand of him.
  2. (transitive or intransitive, slang) To act as a grass or informer, to betray; to report on (criminals etc) to the authorities.
    • 2004, David Nobbs, Sex and Other Changes[1], page 95:
      "I'm dressed as a woman, but I am still technically a man. I believe that to comply with the law of the land I ought to continue to use the Gents', but in order not to look out place I intend to use the Ladies' from now on. I trust none of you will grass on me..."
  3. (transitive) To cover with grass or with turf.
  4. (transitive) To feed with grass.
  5. (transitive) To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
  6. (transitive) To bring to the grass or ground; to land.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Buchan and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Let him hook and land a tigerfish of 20 lb., at the imminent risk of capsizing and joining the company of the engaging crocodiles, or, when he has grassed the fish, of having a finger bitten off by his iron teeth []
    • 2011, Deeanne Gist, Love on the Line, page 138:
      In typical Necker style, the farmer walked to the line and mounted his gun without any shilly-shally. If he grassed the bird, he and Faurote would go into a shootout. If he missed, Faurote would win.

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Cimbrian[edit]

Noun[edit]

grass m

  1. (Luserna, Thirteen Communities) grass

References[edit]

  • Umberto Patuzzi, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar, Luserna: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien

Romansch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin crassus. Compare French graisse.

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grass m

  1. fat