[ lit-er-buhg ]
/ ˈlɪt ərˌbʌg /


a person who litters public places with items of refuse: Litterbugs had thrown beer cans on the picnic grounds.

Nearby words

  1. litter lout,
  2. litterae humaniores,
  3. litterateur,
  4. litteratim,
  5. litterbag,
  6. littering,
  7. littermate,
  8. littery,
  9. little,
  10. little abaco

Origin of litterbug

First recorded in 1945–50; litter + bug1

Related formslit·ter·bug·ging, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for litterbug



1947, from litter + bug (n.). According to Mario Pei ("The Story of Language," Lippincott, 1949) "coined by the New York subways on the analogy of 'jitterbug' ...."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper