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From pronounced stem of vegetable or vegetarian + -ie.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvɛdʒi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛdʒi


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.
    • 2018, Andrew Linzey, Clair Linzey, Ethical Vegetarianism and Veganism
      Vegetarian/vegan meals at most colleges are only pretty average. They have a long way to go to provide nutritionally adequate and tasty food for veggies.


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



veggie (comparative more veggie, superlative most veggie)

  1. (informal) Vegetarian; suitable for vegetarians
    • 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”, in 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.
    • 2001 September 16, “Fighting cancer with a menu”, in 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 ...
    • 2004 September 1, “Pasta Thai a winner in new competition”, in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal-Sentinel:
      Steven Beeson of Milwaukee won a blue ribbon with this very veggie entree
  2. Vegetable-like, vegetal
    • 1993 July 21, “Reading between the WINES”, in 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.
    • 2009 February 4, “The Edgy Veggie: Some greens with that candy bar?”, in Oakland (California) Tribune:
      They're neither too sweet nor too veggie, but like the other bars, have more calories than a bucket of broccoli.


  • (vegetarian): veggo (Australian)


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