veggie

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pronounced stem of vegetable or vegetarian +‎ -ie

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

veggie (plural veggies)

  1. (informal) A vegetable.
    • 1931, United States. Dept. of Agriculture, Yearbook of agriculture‎, page 13:
      There was lots of rice, at least 20 different "veggies" and all kinds of soups.
    • 1937, American cookery, volume 42‎, page 498: 
      and eight small dishes of 'veggies,' as we have taught our children lovingly to term that important item of food known as vegetables.
  2. (informal) A vegetarian.
    I'm a veggie at heart - the idea of animals dying to make my food, I find totally abhorrent.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (vegetable): veg
  • (vegetarian): veggo (Australian)

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Adjective[edit]

veggie (not comparable)

  1. (informal) vegetarian; suitable for vegetarians
    I don't eat meat - do you have anything veggie on the menu?
    • 1985, Ellen Goodman, Keeping in touch:
      One place was too crowded last time, another too expensive, a third she liked but he thought too "veggie."
    • 2001 January 20, “Simplicity of Mennonite cookbook makes converts”, Dallas Morning News:
      Diet for a Small Planet was also popular at the time, but it was a little too 'veggie,' a little too new for some people.
    • 2004 September 1, “Pasta Thai a winner in new competition”, Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal-Sentinel:
      Steven Beeson of Milwaukee won a blue ribbon with this very veggie entree
  2. Vegetable-like.
    • 1993 July 21, “Reading between the WINES”, San Diego (California) Union-Tribune:
      So we actually proved that the old folklore about a dense canopy leading to very veggie wines was true Noble said.
    • 2001 September 16, “Fighting cancer with a menu”, Chicago Tribune:
      The main courses are heavy on beans and may be too veggie for the typical meat eater to swallow but side dishes are less exotic and just as healthy ...
    • 2009 February 4, “The Edgy Veggie: Some greens with that candy bar?”, Oakland (California) Tribune:
      They're neither too sweet nor too veggie, but like the other bars, have more calories than a bucket of broccoli.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (vegetarian): veggo (Australian)

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