tree-hugger

[tree-huhg-er]

noun

an environmentalist, especially one concerned with preserving forests.

Origin of tree-hugger

First recorded in 1985–90
Related formstree-hug·ging, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tree-hugger

tree-hugger

noun

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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