garbage

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noun gar·bage \ ˈgär-bij \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of garbage

1 a :food waste
b :discarded or useless material
2 a :trash 1b
b :inaccurate or useless data

Examples of garbage in a Sentence

  1. The park was littered with garbage.

  2. Please take out the garbage.

  3. Raccoons were going through the garbage.

  4. Throw the can in the garbage.

  5. If you ask me, what he said is a bunch of garbage.

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Origin and Etymology of garbage

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 1garble) 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).



GARBAGE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of garbage for English Language Learners

  • : things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown out

  • : a container where people put things that are being thrown out

  • : something that is worthless, unimportant, or of poor quality


GARBAGE Defined for Kids

garbage

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noun gar·bage \ ˈgär-bij \

Definition of garbage for Students

1 :material (as waste food) that has been thrown out
2 :something that is worthless, useless, or untrue
  • Don't watch garbage on television.


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