What does Ginger mean?

Definitions for Ginger
ˈdʒɪn dʒərgin·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gingernoun

    perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems

  2. ginger, powdered gingernoun

    dried ground gingerroot

  3. ginger, gingerrootnoun

    pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Asian cookery

  4. pep, peppiness, gingeradjective

    liveliness and energy

    "this tonic is guaranteed to give you more pep"

  5. ginger, gingeryverb

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

    "a man with gingery hair and bright blue eyes"; "a ginger kitten"

  6. gingerverb

    add ginger to in order to add flavor

    "ginger the soup"


  1. gingerverb

    To move gingerly.

  2. gingernoun

    a homosexual.

  3. gingeradjective


  4. Gingernoun

    a given name reserved for animals having ginger- or orange-coloured fur or feathers.

  5. Gingernoun

    A female given name from English and nickname.

  6. Gingernoun

    A male nickname.

  7. Gingernoun

    A given name for animals having ginger- or orange-coloured fur or feathers.

  8. Etymology: diminutive of Virginia, also from Latin Virgo (virgin or innocent individual. cf. Innocentius, the comparative form of the adjective innocent),.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GINGERnoun

    The flower consists of five leaves, which are shaped somewhat like those of the iris: these are produced in an head or club, each coming out of a separate leafy scale. The ovary afterwards becomes a triangular fruit, having three cells which contain their seeds. Philip Miller

    Etymology: zinziber, Latin; gingero, Italian.

    The root of ginger is of the tuberous kind, knotty, crooked and irregular; of a hot, acrid, and pungent taste, though aromatick, and of a very agreeable smell. The Indians eat both the young shoots of the leaves and the roots themselves, cut small in their sallads, and make an excellent sweetmeat of them. Ginger is an excellent carminative and stomachick. John Hill, Mat. Medica.

    Or wasting ginger round the streets to go,
    And visit alehouse where ye first did grow. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.


  1. Ginger

    Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and a folk medicine. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems (false stems made of the rolled bases of leaves) about one meter tall bearing narrow leaf blades. The inflorescences bear flowers having pale yellow petals with purple edges, and arise directly from the rhizome on separate shoots.Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, which also includes turmeric (Curcuma longa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), and galangal. Ginger originated in Maritime Southeast Asia and was likely domesticated first by the Austronesian peoples. It was transported with them throughout the Indo-Pacific during the Austronesian expansion (c. 5,000 BP), reaching as far as Hawaii. Ginger is one of the first spices to have been exported from Asia, arriving in Europe with the spice trade, and was used by ancient Greeks and Romans. The distantly related dicots in the genus Asarum are commonly called wild ginger because of their similar taste. Although used in traditional medicine and as a dietary supplement, there is no good evidence that consuming ginger or its extracts has any effect on human health or as a treatment for diseases. In 2019, world production of ginger was 4.1 million tonnes, led by India with 44% of the world total.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gingernoun

    a plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies. The species most known is Z. officinale

  2. Gingernoun

    the hot and spicy rootstock of Zingiber officinale, which is much used in cookery and in medicine

  3. Etymology: [OE. ginger, gingever, gingivere, OF. gengibre, gingimbre, F. gingembre, L. zingiber, zingiberi, fr. Gr. ; of Oriental origin; cf. Ar. & Pers. zenjebl, fr. Skr. gavra, prop., hornshaped; ga horn + vra body.]


  1. Ginger

    Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family. Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ginger

    jin′jėr, n. the root of a plant in the East and West Indies, with a hot and spicy taste, useful as a condiment or stomachic.—ns. Gingerade′, an aerated drink flavoured with ginger; Gin′gerbeer, an effervescent drink flavoured with ginger; Gin′gerbread, sweet bread flavoured with ginger; Gin′ger-cor′dial, a cordial made of ginger, lemon-peel, raisins, water, and sometimes spirits; Gin′gernut, a small cake flavoured with ginger and sweetened with molasses.—adj. Gin′gerous, like ginger.—ns. Gin′gerpop, weak gingerbeer; Gin′gersnap, a thin brittle cake spiced with ginger; Gin′ger-wine, a liquor made by the fermentation of sugar and water, and flavoured with various spices, chiefly ginger.—Gingerbread ware, or work, cheap and tawdry ornamental work.—Take the gilt off the gingerbread, to destroy the illusion. [M. E. gingivere—O. Fr. gengibre—L. zingiber—Gr. zingiberis—Sans. çriñga-veraçriñga, horn, vera, shape.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. ginger

    See saga.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ginger

    Deciduous plant rich in volatile oil (OILS, VOLATILE). It is used as a flavoring agent and has many other uses both internally and topically.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Ginger

    Red-haired people are said to be ginger because Guinevre, the Queen at the Court of King Arthur, had red hair.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ginger is ranked #22608 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ginger surname appeared 1,136 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ginger.

    85.5% or 972 total occurrences were White.
    9.1% or 104 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 28 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ginger in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ginger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Ginger in a Sentence

  1. Swordfish:

    Ginger He exists in a world beyond your world. What we only fantasize - he does. He lives a life where nothing is beyond. But you know what its all a facade. All his charm and charisma, his wealth, his expensive toys. He is a driven, unflinching, calculating machine. He takes what he wants and then disappears. You don't find him - he finds you.

  2. Mayo Clinic:

    CNN wrote. According to CNN, Plumbotold the reporters that Mayo staffers consented to the off-the-record meeting with hopes that the news organization would reconsider its decision to run the story about Gilderhus ’ escape. CNN said that Ginger Plumbo said Mayo officials would answer the news outlet's questions on the record if Alyssa Gilderhus signed a consent form – which Alyssa Gilderhus signed. However, CNN said The Mayo Clinic then declined to answer questions and provided a statement instead. Following careful review of the situation in question, we have determined that the version of events provided by certain patient family members to CNN are not supported by the facts nor do they track with the direct observations of numerous others who were involved. We feel we have provided CNN with more than ample information to support our findings and are deeply disappointed that the producers have chosen to pursue a false story based on a pre-determined narrative, we will not address these questionable allegations or publicly share the facts of this complex situation, because we do not believe it's in the best interest of the patient and the family.

  3. Andrew Tyndall:

    If Ginger Zee reported in the role of climatologist rather than meteorologist, I would praise ABC's 'World News Tonight's' decision as a daring intervention into a crucial national and global debate, instead, she is more like a pornographer.

  4. Prince Harry:

    If you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever – even ginger – why wouldn’t you come and have a test?

  5. Isaac Hanson, you know the nerd bender:

    Harry, your just jealous cuz I can get ginger pussy and you cant, so fuck you

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