dump·​ster ˈdəm(p)-stər How to pronounce dumpster (audio)
variants or less commonly Dumpster
: a large trash receptacle

Examples of dumpster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Piles of bear scat near dumpsters and livestock feed usually contain a spectrum of surprises. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 30 May 2024 The scene had a lot of blood, including bloody drag marks near the dumpster, the arrest report said. Sally Krutzig, Idaho Statesman, 29 May 2024 Tails Humane Society is on the hunt on behalf of a 9-year-old pup named Bane, who was left near a dumpster because his owner could no longer take care of him, a May 26 Facebook post read. Tj MacIas, Kansas City Star, 28 May 2024 At this point, standing near a dumpster in the alley, Rossman helped Lauren onto a curb. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dumpster 

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Word History


dump entry 1 + -ster (originally in the trademarked name Dempster Dumpster, applied to mechanically loaded refuse containers produced by the Dempster Brothers Company of Knoxville, Tennessee)

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dumpster was in 1937

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“Dumpster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpster. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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