from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A retail seller of fresh fruits and vegetables.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who sells fresh vegetables and fruit, normally from a relatively small shop
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A retailer of vegetables or fruits in their fresh or green state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A retailer of vegetables.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a grocer who sells fresh fruits and vegetables
From 'Punch' to Terry the greengrocer is a good step, but, let me tell you, he
"The greengrocer is now a florist called Darling Buds of Kent".
There are some "desperate willins" (as Sam Weller called the greengrocer at the swarry) who fail to see much more than types in
Sam called the greengrocer a 'desp'rate willin,' and ordered
Sam called the greengrocer a 'desp'rate willin,' and ordered a large bowl of punch -- two circumstances which seemed to raise him very much in the opinion of the selections.
The typical Czech "greengrocer" - Havel's famous description of the symbolic Czech Everyman - did not believe Soviet propaganda, but felt helplessly enmeshed in it.
It was an oddly snobbish thing to say about an international tycoon, and Banks spat out the word 'greengrocer' as though selling food were a form of mass murder.
Most any prescriptivist you meet will have at the ready a set of examples of what is known as the greengrocer’s apostrophe: ‘s used to form a plural when just s is called for.
Ultimately it is of no consequence whether one writes Asbos or asbo’s or ASBOs so long as the result is comprehensible, and the apostrophe in asbo’s can be justified (see above) whereas the one in the plural potato’s cannot (this is known as the greengrocer’s apostrophe).
This enterprise came to an end when the local greengrocer complained to my parents that he was losing custom.
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