Definition of greenery-yallery in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌɡriːnərɪˈjaləri


1Green and yellow: the greenery-yallery dogwood
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  • The pale, faintly mauve, pink satin ground contrasts with the ‘greenery-yallery’ lilies.
1.1Of or in the style of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement (used to convey the idea of affectation): a greenery-yallery fin-de-siècle lyricism
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  • As these letters amply show, to think of Wilde as a greenery-yallery, light weight, green-carnationist teller of fairy-tales, and tell-taler of Society comedies, is to be naive.


late 19th century: from green + yaller (variant of yellow), with reduplication of the suffix -y1.

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