adjective Date: 13th century 1. not ripe ; immature <
unripe fruit
2. not ready ; unprepared <
unripe plans
unripeness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Unripe — Un*ripe , a. 1. Not ripe; as, unripe fruit. [1913 Webster] 2. Developing too early; premature. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unripe — (adj.) O.E. unripe premature (in reference to death), from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + RIPE (Cf. ripe). Meaning immature, not fully developed (of fruit, etc.) is recorded from mid 13c. Cf. M.Du. onrijp, O.H.G. unrifi, Ger. unreif …   Etymology dictionary

  • unripe — [unrīp′] adj. 1. not ripe or mature; green 2. not yet fully developed [unripe plans] 3. Obs. premature: said esp. of a death unripeness n …   English World dictionary

  • unripe — index inexperienced, premature Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unripe — *immature, unmatured, unmellow Analogous words: crude, raw, green, callow, *rude: *premature, untimely, forward, precocious Antonyms: ripe Contrasted words: matured, ripened, developed (see MATURE vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • unripe — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not ripe …   English terms dictionary

  • unripe — UK [ʌnˈraɪp] / US [ˌʌnˈraɪp] adjective Word forms unripe : adjective unripe comparative unriper superlative unripest 1) unripe fruit is hard and not yet ready to eat 2) mainly literary not ready or old enough …   English dictionary

  • unripe — unripely, adv. unripeness, n. /un ruyp /, adj. 1. not ripe; immature; not fully developed: unripe fruit. 2. too early; premature. [bef. 1000; ME unrype, OE unripe. See UN 1, RIPE] * * * …   Universalium

  • unripe — [[t]ʌ̱nra͟ɪp[/t]] ADJ Unripe fruit or vegetables are not yet ready to eat. I was only ill once and that came of eating an unripe pear. Ant: ripe …   English dictionary

  • unripe — adjective unripe fruit, grain etc is not fully developed or ready to be eaten: green, unripe peaches …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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