litterbug

[ lit-er-buhg ]
/ ˈlɪt ərˌbʌg /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for litterbug

litterbug

n.

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' ...."

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