[ tree-huhg-er ]
/ ˈtriˌhʌg ər /


an environmentalist, especially one concerned with preserving forests.


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Origin of tree-hugger

First recorded in 1985–90

OTHER WORDS FROM tree-hugger

tree-hug·ging, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for tree-hugger

/ (ˈtriːˌhʌɡə) /


informal, derogatory an environmental campaigner

Word Origin for tree-hugger

C20: from the tactic of embracing trees to prevent their being felled
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