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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?
Jealousy is the "green-eyed monster," so if someone calls you "green eyes," they probably mean you've behaved in a jealous manner.
January 27, 2009, 6:23pm
did they say "do you see any green in my eyes"?
This means I am not that naive as you think.
January 27, 2009, 11:48pm
green-eyed = jealous, envious
January 30, 2009, 1:32am
Othello: Iago: Desdemona:"beware the green-eyed monster, jealousy!"
October 1, 2011, 5:34pm
I would think either jealous or naive, depending on the context.
Tom in TX
November 13, 2011, 2:25pm
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."
February 9, 2009, 6:07pm
green-eyed monster is what I was looking for - thank you
April 30, 2010, 5:24pm
what if your not jealous or have envy ? and they just say green eyes?
February 1, 2012, 11:03pm
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.
February 2, 2012, 2:26am
I've heard "green with envy", but not "green eyes" for that purpose.
January 27, 2009, 12:59pm
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