Main definitions of veg in English

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veg1

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Relax to the point of complete inertia:

    ‘they were vegging out in front of the TV’
    • ‘Then I vegged out on the couch, and watched ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ for like the fourth time in a month.’
    • ‘But don't think for a minute that Jim Langer is spending all of that free time vegging out in front of the TV.’
    • ‘Do you choose to be active together as a family, or to veg out separately in front of your electronic companion of choice?’
    • ‘Every good hangover deserves a great movie to veg in front of and you couldn't do much better than Toy Story 2.’
    • ‘So we stayed in, watched the telly and generally vegged.’
    • ‘He paid for our tickets while I vegged in those really comfy blue armchairs they have for you to sit in while you wait.’
    • ‘It leaves too many people wrecked, fit only to veg out in front of the box, eat a ready-meal then slump into bed.’
    • ‘After our huge feast the day prior, we didn't feel like going out and I was happy to veg out and do nothing.’
    • ‘And I've just been vegging out for the past 4 days, doing nothing, so there isn't really much else to say.’
    • ‘From now on I'm going to spend less time vegging in front of the tv and more time listening to Radio 4.’
    • ‘I've cancelled all my plans until Friday… time to veg out, listen to music and recharge the batteries.’
    • ‘Have you ever been so tired that you don't want to eat, can't bother to sleep and just want to sit and veg?’
    • ‘After all that exercise, you'll want to veg out in one of two thermal pools at Elkhorn Hot Springs.’
    • ‘They refuse to allow Mike to veg out and feel sorry for himself, and force him out to various social engagements.’
    • ‘I then sat down on a huge sofa and vegged out, waiting for my food to arrive.’
    • ‘Williams says he'd love to veg out in front of the tube during breaks, but he rarely does.’
    • ‘As she vegged on the couch later that evening, the phone rang.’
    • ‘Last summer I just vegged out, watched TV and let my brain turn to mush.’
    • ‘Stay at home, open some wine, light some candles, put on some good music and just veg out with the dogs.’
    • ‘We found ourselves tempted just to veg out again - and couldn't even summon up guilt about it.’
    do nothing, idle, be inactive, languish, laze, laze about, laze around, lounge, lounge about, lounge around, loll, loll about, loll around, loaf, loaf about, loaf around, slouch, slouch about, slouch around
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Origin

1920s: abbreviation of vegetate.

Pronunciation:

veg

/vɛdʒ/

Main definitions of veg in English

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veg2

noun

British
informal
  • A vegetable or vegetables:

    ‘meat and two veg’
    • ‘Emily said she had eaten a meal of meat and two veg every day and she also enjoyed ‘a drop of sherry, but not much’.’
    • ‘Increasing the amount of fruit and veg you eat is a really positive step towards better health.’
    • ‘It's one of those moments when I revel in the wonders of growing your own veg.’
    • ‘Use them in salads, on bruschetta or as a veg with barbecued chicken or fish.’
    • ‘I told the waitress that we loved the meat but asked her to let the chef know we felt the veg was seriously undercooked.’
    • ‘There were huge fridges stocked with beautiful arrays of meat, fish and veg.’
    • ‘My favourite is meat and veg, but I do eat lots of fruit.’
    • ‘Despite our awareness of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, we can still be surprisingly unimaginative when it comes to fruit and veg.’
    • ‘Eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, which can include tinned and frozen, and cut down on fat, salt and added sugar.’
    • ‘However, the parsnip and potato mash was superb and there was no extra charge for the veg.’
    • ‘I take regular exercise, I like fruit and veg and don't touch tobacco, but do have the odd drink or two.’
    • ‘Meat-eaters should also eat five pieces of fruit and veg a day, you know.’
    • ‘Frozen garden peas are kept in the freezer as they go well with most meals but they are the only veg I buy which is frozen.’
    • ‘There is a choice of hot meals including veg each day, with salad and fresh fruit also available.’
    • ‘I love eating out, and my preference is generally to eat meat or fish with veg.’
    • ‘I try to eat as much fruit, veg, meat and fish as I can, along with a good dose of carbohydrates for energy as I dance for between one and 10 hours a day.’
    • ‘Only 13 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women eat more than five portions of fruit and veg a day.’
    • ‘The food was a great experience too - squid, prawns, spring rolls and stir fried veg, rice and meat.’
    • ‘You should eat 60 per cent fresh fruits and veg, as much as possible in their raw state.’
    • ‘It is as if an entire nation that once ate meat and two veg at lunchtime now eats only sandwiches.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

veg

/vɛdʒ/