Definition of freegan in US English:



  • A person who rejects consumerism and seeks to help the environment by reducing waste, especially by retrieving and using discarded food and other goods.

    ‘there is a need for more freegans in our wasteful society’
    • ‘But while the more extreme freegans promote squatting and shoplifting as potential techniques, I restricted my quest to less controversial forms of urban foraging.’
    • ‘How would your columnist fare as a freegan amid the consumerist excesses of Hampstead?’
    • ‘Rather than condone our "wasteful, profit-driven, mass-production society", freegans pledge "a total boycott of the economic system where the profit motive has eclipsed ethical considerations".’
    • ‘There is a need for more freegans in our very wasteful society.’
    • ‘A wheelchair technician by day, Caffrey is the band's go-to guy for discarded goods and modified gear, but his freegan finds aren't limited to the medical industry.’
    • ‘Some call them "dumpster divers," but Ross Parry and Ash Falkingham like to count themselves among the Freegans - a growing band of foragers who seek to live entirely from the waste of others.’
    • ‘Freegans in New York and Seattle claim to have subsisted for years by dining out surreptitiously at their neighbourhood dumpsters, undermining meal by meal the evil corporations' irresponsible pursuit of profit.’
    • ‘Freegans are people who want it all for free - seriously, they're dedicated to living off the fat of post-industrial wasteland that is our capitalist dystopia.’
    • ‘Your columnist is clearly no match for Weissman, a New Jersey freegan who claims to have subsisted on a largely dumpster-based diet for a decade.’
    • ‘Maybe it's time to give the freegan lifestyle a try.’


Early 21st century: blend of free and vegan.