Meaning of ginger

gin•ger

Pronunciation: (jin'jur), [key]
— n.
  1. a reedlike plant, Zingiber officinale, native to the East Indies but now cultivated in most tropical countries, having a pungent, spicy rhizome used in cookery and medicine. Cf. ginger family.
  2. any of various related or similar plants.
  3. piquancy; animation: plenty of ginger in their performance of the dance.
  4. a yellowish or reddish brown.
—v.t.
  1. to treat or flavor with ginger.
  2. to impart piquancy or spirit to; enliven (usually fol. by up): to ginger up a talk with a few jokes.
—adj.
  1. flavored or made with ginger.

Gin•ger

Pronunciation: (jin'jur), [key]
— n.
  1. a female given name, form ofor
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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