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[free-guh n] /ˈfri gən/
a person who buys as little as possible and makes use of recycled or discarded goods and materials, in an effort to reduce waste and limit environmental impact.
Origin of freegan
First recorded in 1995-2000; free + (ve)gan
Related forms
freeganism, noun Unabridged
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  • The bag went over my head quickly and was cinched so tight at the throat that I choked and threw up my freegan pizza.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for freegan


a person who, through opposition to capitalism and consumerism, attempts to live without buying consumer goods, recycling discarded goods instead
Derived Forms
freeganism, noun
Word Origin
C20: from free + (ve)gan
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Contemporary definitions for freegan

a person, usually vegan in diet, who eats only discarded food foraged from the garbage of food establishments and stores


Freegans live an anti-consumerist lifestyle, employing alternative living strategies based on limited participation in the conventional economy.

Word Origin

c 1997; free + vegan

Usage Note

also freeganism, n.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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