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[lit-er-buhg] /ˈlɪt ərˌbʌg/
a person who litters public places with items of refuse:
Litterbugs had thrown beer cans on the picnic grounds.
Origin of litterbug
1945-50; litter + bug1
Related forms
litterbugging, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for litterbug
  • Don't be a litterbug put your butts where they belong.
  • Amidst a city of eight million souls one is bound to observe a litterbug or two.
  • So back in the days when smoking was recommended by surgeons a consular litterbug left us a little snippet of history.
British Dictionary definitions for litterbug

litter lout

(slang) a person who tends to drop refuse in public places
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for litterbug



A person who throws trash in the streets, parks, etc

[1947+; coined for a New York Police Department campaign against littering; modeled on jitterbug]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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