What is the opposite word of ripe ?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by claude23, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. claude23 Banned


    What is the opposite word of ripe ? Is that raw or rough?

    For example : a fruit can be ripe or....

    Thank you,

  2. elroy

    elroy Motley mod

    Chicago, IL
    US English/Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    I would just say "unripe."
  3. SofiaB Senior Member

    English Asia
    also green.
  4. TrentinaNE

    TrentinaNE Senior Member

    English (American)
    ... not ripe. Seriously, that's the most common thing you'll hear people say in AE, even though unripe or green are correct. (I suspect that many people these days don't even know that most fruits are green in color before ripening. ;) )

    Raw means uncooked. Rough is not used in the context of food, to the best of my knowledge.

  5. nycphotography

    nycphotography Senior Member

    I do be learnin stuff
    John-Paul Miller, NYC
    Pre-ripe (as mentioned):
    green, raw, undone, unripe, fresh

    fresh, ripe, new, ready, done

    ALSO, Post-ripe:
    Stale, spoiled, old, tired, worn out.
  6. Brioche

    Brioche Senior Member

    Australia English
    unripe or not ripe or green

    If you are talking about a piece of fruit, you can say "That banana isn't ripe" or "That banana is still green."

    But if you were talking about cooking, you might say "To make Tomato Chutney, you need unripe tomatoes, onions, vinegar and sugar."
    or "Verjuice is made from unripe grapes".
  7. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australian English
    Fruit can be immature or unripened. I think unripened sound better than unripe for some reason.

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