[ 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-huggertree-hug·ging, adjective
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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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