[ 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


free·gan·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for freegan

  • 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

/ (ˈfriːɡən) /


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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