lit·​ter·​bug | \ ˈli-tər-ˌbəg How to pronounce litterbug (audio) \

Definition of litterbug

: one who litters a public area

Examples of litterbug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Trump’s tweets last month continue to reverberate in Baltimore, some residents say the negative attention overlooks persistent and ongoing efforts to beautify blocks and deter litterbugs. Scott Dance,, "As Baltimore welcomes Trump-inspired trash collectors, residents seek lasting solutions," 15 Aug. 2019 However, a white German woman who did nothing to stop the litterbug was helped about as often (73.3%) as the Muslim woman who went out of her way to do some social good. Los Angeles Times, "Train station experiment reveals one way to counteract bias against Muslims," 7 Aug. 2019 In about half the cases, the woman would ask the litterbug to clean up; in others, that request came from another female member of the team. Los Angeles Times, "Train station experiment reveals one way to counteract bias against Muslims," 7 Aug. 2019 Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has announced some steps forward for the city's recycling program -- and an initiative that could make things tougher for litterbugs statewide. Lawrence Specker,, "Stimpson: Law change could help cities fight litterbugs," 24 Apr. 2018 Don’t use this as a time to clean out your house. Don’t be a litterbug tossing 7-Eleven cups, potato chip bags, water bottles and dog poop bags on debris piles. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "Wanna wait longer for that pile of Irma debris to be picked up? Throw trash into it.," 7 Oct. 2017 Recycling trucks, open-bed pickups and litterbugs are the main culprits on 280. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Roadshow: Does anyone still drive to relax?," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of litterbug

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Litterbug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of litterbug

informal : a person who throws or leaves trash in a public place


lit·​ter·​bug | \ ˈli-tər-ˌbəg How to pronounce litterbug (audio) \

Kids Definition of litterbug

: a person who carelessly scatters trash in a public area

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