tree hugger


Definition of tree hugger

sometimes disparaging : environmentalist sense 2 especially : an advocate for the preservation of woodlands

Examples of tree hugger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Five thousand miles away in California, politicians, scientists, oil tycoons and tree huggers are bursting with excitement over the idea. Paula Moura, ProPublica, "Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing," 22 May 2019 Not too long ago natural beauty was considered squarely in the domain of tree huggers and earth mamas. Lindsey Unterberger, Glamour, "The Best Natural Beauty Products to Shop From Dermstore's Earth Day Sale," 21 Apr. 2018 To get there, the tree huggers who work outside the government need to stop practicing the low priority on diversity that Zinke preaches. Glenn Nelson, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Of Course Zinke Doesn't Care About Diversity," 3 Apr. 2018 Are there tree huggers at the agency who didn’t vote for Trump? Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Scott Pruitt’s Dirty Politics," 3 Apr. 2017 Mann asks whether the tree hugger or the techno-fixer provides a better blueprint for the future of life on Earth. Mary Ellen Hannibal, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Wizard and the Prophet,’ by Charles C. Mann," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tree hugger

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Tree hugger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tree hugger

disapproving : someone who is regarded as foolish or annoying because of being too concerned about protecting trees, animals, and other parts of the natural world from pollution and other threats

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