Submitted by euniceng on January 27, 2009

Green eyes

Could you please tell me what it means if someone calls you “green eyes”, but you don’t actually have green eyes.

We’re trying to figure out if it means envy/jealousy, being temperamental, or something else?

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Shakespeare's Othello:
"Beware the green-ey'd monster, Jealousy". Shame about having green eyes, which you share with this monster, when you are not jealous too.

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what if your not jealous or have envy ? and they just say green eyes?

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I would think either jealous or naive, depending on the context.

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Othello: Iago: Desdemona:
"beware the green-eyed monster, jealousy!"

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green-eyed monster is what I was looking for - thank you

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Green is a colour associated with sickness, possibly because people's skin takes on a slightly yellow/green tinge when they are seriously ill. Green is also the colour of many unripe foods that cause stomach pains.

The phrase was used by, and possibly coined by, Shakespeare to denote jealousy, in The Merchant of Venice, 1600:

Portia:
"How all the other passions fleet to air,
As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embraced despair,
And shuddering fear, and green-eyed jealousy! O love,
Be moderate; allay thy ecstasy,
In measure rein thy joy; scant this excess.
I feel too much thy blessing: make it less,
For fear I surfeit."

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green-eyed = jealous, envious

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did they say "do you see any green in my eyes"?

This means I am not that naive as you think.

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Jealousy is the "green-eyed monster," so if someone calls you "green eyes," they probably mean you've behaved in a jealous manner.

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I've heard "green with envy", but not "green eyes" for that purpose.

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