Noun; commonly used in the expression fruit and veg. Vegetable, but also a vegetable or produce stand or market, or vegetarian food, a vegetarian dish, or a vegetarian, as in this Urban Dictionary exchange:
“Do you want to go to Steak Hut?”
“No, I’m veg.”
A couple of points worth noting. The OED’s first citation of this veg is from an Arnold Bennett novel in 1898, and there is this from P.G. Wodehouse in 1940: “The fruit and veg. dept has just given of its plenty.” (That is the last cite with a period to indicate abbreviation.) The verb veg or veg out, to (often facetiously) indicate hanging out in a more or less vegetative state, seems to have originated in the U.S., the OED first citing it in a 1980 Washington Post article, but quickly spread to the U.K.
The traditional U.S. nickname for vegetable is, of course, veggie, which inspires some general comments about U.S. and British differences regarding diminutives and/or abbreviations. In short, the Brits seem to want to shorten the original word, while we elongate it. Thus, over there, your vacation becomes hols and instead of brilliant you can just say brill. To them, Reginald becomes Reg; to us (in the rare cases when we know a Reginald), he is Reggie. American Williams become Billys or Willies; British ones are Will or (if you really want to express fondness) Wills. On the other hand, the morning meal is brekkie (beautifully illustrated in the alliterative headline from The Sun BIKINI BATTLE OF THE BREKKIE BABES) and Russell Brand called his autobiography My Booky Wooky. I guess the bottom line is that the Brits really like their nicknames.
[Fritz] Haeg, who lives in a geodesic dome in the easterly neighborhood of Mt. Washington, was talking about his ongoing project Edible Estates, which encourages people to tear out their lawns and plant fruit and veg instead. (Dana Goodyear, Letter from Los Angeles, blog, the New Yorker, July 25, 2008)/Miller Park, Milwaukee, Racing Sausage Kabobs: These are the creation of a fan in a concession contest. Courtney Ring decided to poke a couple of skewers through the famed Klement’s Racing Sausages (dog, brat, chorizo, Polish, and Italian) and grill them with some veg. (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 10, 2011)