garbage

noun
gar·​bage | \ˈgär-bij \

Definition of garbage 

1a : food waste

b : discarded or useless material

2a : trash sense 1b

b : inaccurate or useless data

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Carrying their worldly belongings in garbage bags or rolling suitcases, many of the Venezuelans arrive seeking treatment. Luciana Magalhaes And Juan Forero, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Health Crisis Is Crossing the Border," 31 Oct. 2018 In one video, Eric tears into a garbage bag like a dog into jerky. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTuber who eats disgusting food is everything good about the internet," 20 Nov. 2018 Gang members were hired to manage garbage collection and a city property office. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Why Are People Fleeing Central America? A New Breed of Gangs Is Taking Over.," 2 Nov. 2018 Some other options include disposable garbage bags, bottled water, and toys. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How to Protect Your Pet During Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018 The Mexican government claimed the students were later turned over to a criminal group who killed and burned them in a garbage dump, leaving only ashes behind. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 Gloves and garbage bags will be provided to volunteers. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The golden retriever was found in a garbage bag in South Korea with her legs bound and worn to the bone. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 During the trial prosecutors argued that Ross shot Schaefer in the head then stuffed her remains into garbage bags. Amanda Marrazzo, chicagotribune.com, "Court upholds murder conviction of McHenry County man who entombed ex-girlfriend's body inside bedroom at his home," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of garbage

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

History and Etymology for 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 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).

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garbage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of garbage

: 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

noun
gar·​bage | \ˈgär-bij \

Kids Definition of garbage

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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