ginger vs gingerroot what difference

what is difference between ginger and gingerroot

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪndʒə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɪndʒɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪndʒə(ɹ)
  • In the UK, the pronunciation /ˈɡɪŋə/ may be jokingly used in disparaging reference to (a person with) the hair colour.

Etymology 1

From Middle English gingere, alteration of gingivere, from Old English gingifer, gingiber (influenced by Old French gingembre), from Medieval Latin gingiber, zingiber, from Latin zingiberi, from Late Ancient Greek ζιγγίβερις (zingíberis), from Sauraseni Prakrit ???????????????????????????????? (siṃgivera), from Sanskrit शृङ्गवेर (śṛṅgavera) (influenced by शृङ्ग (śṛṅga, horn)), ultimately from Proto-Dravidian *cinki-wēr.

Noun

ginger (countable and uncountable, plural gingers)

  1. The pungent aromatic rhizome of a tropical Asian herb, Zingiber officinale, used as a spice and as a stimulant and acarminative.
  2. The plant that produces this rhizome.
  3. Other species belonging to the same family, Zingiberaceae, especially those of the genus Zingiber
  4. A reddish-brown color.
  5. (colloquial, often derogatory, countable) A person with reddish-brown hair; a redhead.
  6. (colloquial, uncountable) Vitality, vigour, liveliness (of character).
  7. (colloquial, countable and uncountable) Ginger ale, or can or bottle of such (especially if dry).
  8. (colloquial, Scotland, especially Glasgow, countable and uncountable) Any soft fizzy drink, or can or bottle of such; pop; soda.
Derived terms
Translations

Adjective

ginger (comparative more ginger, superlative most ginger)

  1. (of hair) Of a reddish-brown colour.
Derived terms
  • ginger-haired
Translations

Verb

ginger (third-person singular simple present gingers, present participle gingering, simple past and past participle gingered)

  1. To add ginger to.
  2. To enliven, to spice (up).
  3. To apply ginger to the anus of a horse to encourage it to carry its tail high and move in a lively fashion.
  4. (Nigeria, transitive) To inspire (someone); to give a little boost to.

Translations

Derived terms
  • ginger up

Related terms

  • galangal

See also

Etymology 2

Attested early 16th century, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Old French gensor, comparative of gent (nice, kind, pretty), from Latin genitus ([well-]begotten).

Adjective

ginger (comparative more ginger, superlative most ginger)

  1. Sensitive, delicate.

Derived terms

  • gingerly

Verb

ginger (third-person singular simple present gingers, present participle gingering, simple past and past participle gingered)

  1. To move gingerly, very careful and cautious.

Etymology 3

Cockney rhyming slang: ginger beer, queer.

Noun

ginger (plural gingers)

  1. (Britain, Cockney rhyming slang) A homosexual.

Adjective

ginger (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, Cockney rhyming slang) Homosexual.

Anagrams

  • Gering, erging, nigger


English

Noun

gingerroot (plural gingerroots)

  1. Alternative spelling of ginger root

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