garbage

noun

gar·​bage ˈgär-bij How to pronounce garbage (audio)
1
a
: food waste
b
: discarded or useless material
2
b
: inaccurate or useless data

Examples of garbage in a Sentence

The park was littered with garbage. Please take out the garbage. Raccoons were going through the garbage. Throw the can in the garbage. If you ask me, what he said is a bunch of garbage.
Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, prosecutors told the jury that Troconis’ DNA was likely found on one of the garbage bags that Fotis was seen on video tossing in trash bins in Hartford. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Last July, the county declared the marina property a nuisance due to code violations and removed all trailers, recreational vehicles, boats, the unpermitted electrical system, tires, batteries, car parts, construction equipment, junk, garbage and other debris at a cost of $100,858. Judith Prieve, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 Dozens of women were spotted covering their gowns with clear plastic garbage bags while other guests were using the sleek, commemorative Grammy magazines as makeshift umbrellas. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 Eat everything – food garbage gets gross in a hurry and attracts animals. Cindy Dampier, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Susana Muhamad, Colombia’s environment minister, said on Friday that 95 percent of the fires across the country had been started by people rather than by natural causes like lightning — either accidentally, while burning garbage or clearing the land for farming, or with criminal intent. Genevieve Glatsky, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 East Dundee’s garbage and recycling contract is with Flood Brothers. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 No one leaves garbage anywhere; people are very respectful of the nature. Katie Bain, Billboard, 26 Jan. 2024 East Dundee garbage and recycling rates go up this month Bimonthly garbage and recycling rate increases went into effect in East Dundee this month and will appear on bills dated March 31, according to a news release from the village. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, "poultry organs and body parts used for food, poultry refuse," borrowed from Anglo-French *garbage (implied in sergant garbagere "kitchen servant tasked with plucking and cleaning poultry"), of obscure origin

Note: On morphological, semantic, or chronological grounds unlikely to be related to Anglo-French garbeler, Middle English garbelen "to remove (impurities) from spices" (see garble entry 1) or to Middle French gaburge, grabuge "quarrel, brawl." The Anglo-French collocation sergant garbagere indicates currency of the word as early as 1318 (Household Ordinances of Edward II).

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of garbage was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Garbage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garbage. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

garbage

noun
gar·​bage ˈgär-bij How to pronounce garbage (audio)
1
: food waste
2
: discarded or useless material : refuse

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