Meaning of tree hugger in English:

tree hugger

Pronunciation /ˈtriː hʌɡə/


informal, mainly derogatory
  • An environmental campaigner (used in reference to the practice of embracing a tree in an attempt to prevent it from being felled)

    • ‘I was apprehensive about near encounters with earnest, granola-crunching tree huggers’
    • ‘I am what one might term a tree-hugger or an enviro-nut; therefore, I reacted with shock to the lack of conservatory measures, and purchased a sandwich (the item that I could find with the least amount of waste).’
    • ‘Market conservatives tend to see environmentalists as either frivolous tree-huggers or dangerous monkey-wrenching eco-terrorists.’
    • ‘Few golf-course superintendents will ever be certified tree-huggers (shade trees, after all, can be a problem for sun-loving turf), but that doesn't mean they aren't eco-friendly.’
    • ‘She walked out to the front yard to pick up a piece of litter, being the environment-friendly tree-hugger that everyone had come to love, and than stopped dead when she looked up and saw the driveway.’
    • ‘The warriors of Hong Kong's new radicalism, however, are not always as benign as noisy students, dedicated tree-huggers and pinstripe-suited politicians.’
    • ‘Environmentalism isn't ultimately about hugging trees (although there are surely some responsible tree-huggers out there): it is about what happens to the human body, in this or future generations.’
    • ‘This story of a placer miner ditched by his girl-friend for a hippie tree-hugger, and the resulting attempts at reconciliation absolutely won the audience over.’
    • ‘Still, their pastorals embrace much more than the average tree-hugger does.’
    • ‘The hardcore no-logos complain about short-sighted summit hoppers, while some of the older, break-no-bones tree-huggers plead for an end to illegal and violent protests.’
    • ‘Funding environmental projects isn't just a luxury that makes tree-huggers happy.’
    • ‘But not even a tree-hugger would seriously suggest that the tree does this deliberately.’
    • ‘According to one member of Medicine Hat's economic department advisory committee, the only folks bothered by the proposal are a handful of ‘pseudo tree-huggers.’’
    • ‘My objections are not the usual huge-corporate-malls-are-soulless rants, or the cars-destroy-the-environment bleats you usually get from the tree-huggers.’
    • ‘The tree-huggers and arboriphobes on my staff divided exactly by age, as though Kilmer's poetic chestnut had been a birthright accorded only to those born before, say, 1968.’
    • ‘As a measure of character, also consider how the man who aspires to lead the Free World finessed the problem of appeasing tree-huggers while avoiding offence to countrymen whom the accords would have thrown out of work.’
    • ‘Now the tree-huggers love targeting the forestry countries but many farmers are the real environmental vandals of the bush with land-clearing and unsustainable farming practices.’
    • ‘From supercilious civil servants to sandal-wearing tree-huggers - they all have their say on everything from training programmes to which detergent is used in the staff toilets.’
    • ‘Attention tree-huggers: you were right all along.’
    • ‘After all, parents who prefer a liberal education are elitist, perhaps even racist or sexist, and parents who prefer a progressive education are woolly minded tree-huggers.’
    • ‘So, there you are: those of us who thought that the one sentiment we had in common with bobble-hatted tree-huggers was love of the rural landscape are disabused.’
    conservationist, preservationist, ecologist, green, nature-lover, eco-activist