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freegan

[ free-guhn ]
/ ˈfri gən /
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noun

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.

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Origin of freegan

First recorded in 1995–2000; free + (ve)gan

OTHER WORDS FROM freegan

free·gan·ism, noun
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How to use freegan in a sentence

  • Whatever the value of this sort of freegan survivalism, its appeal is probably limited.

    Unions Join Occupy Wall Street|Michelle Goldberg|October 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • 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

freegan
/ (ˈfriːɡən) /

noun

a person who, through opposition to capitalism and consumerism, attempts to live without buying consumer goods, recycling discarded goods instead

Derived forms of freegan

freeganism, noun

Word Origin for freegan

C20: from free + (ve) gan
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