litterbug [lit-er-buhg] Word Origin noun

  1. a person who litters public places with items of refuse: Litterbugs had thrown beer cans on the picnic grounds.

Origin of litterbug First recorded in 1945–50; litter + bug1 Related formslit·ter·bug·ging, noun Word Origin and History for litterbug n.

1947, from litter + bug (n.). According to Mario Pei (“The Story of Language,” Lippincott, 1949) “coined by the New York subways on the analogy of ‘jitterbug’ ….”

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