One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Green and yellow.‘the greenery-yallery dogwood’
- ‘The pale, faintly mauve, pink satin ground contrasts with the ‘greenery-yallery’ lilies.’
- 1.1 Of or in the style of the 19th-century Aesthetic Movement (used to convey the idea of affectation)‘a greenery-yallery fin-de-siècle lyricism’
- ‘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 -y.
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