gar·​bage·​man ˈgär-bij-ˌman How to pronounce garbageman (audio)
: one who collects and hauls away garbage

Examples of garbageman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Teachers are not garbagemen or accountants, charged with discrete, concrete duties. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2023 Putting words to the thoughts might have summoned the psychic garbagemen to clear the garbage out of my brain. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2023 An arriving officer was unable to locate the amateur garbageman. John Benson, cleveland, 13 Dec. 2022 Opening on Broadway in 1987, the play ran for more than a year, starring James Earl Jones as her husband, Troy, a bitter garbageman who played Negro League baseball before serving time in prison. Harrison Smith,, 29 July 2022 In Granite City – a fictional rundown metropolis a la Batman's Gotham – teen Sam (Javon Walton) is saved from a beatdown by neighbor Joe (Stallone), a garbageman with apparent superpowers. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2022 Joe, a garbageman, shuffles around the dangerous, run-down urban environs sporting a heavy grey beard and perpetual hoodie, clearly not wanting to be bothered by anyone. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2022

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Word History


garbage + man entry 1

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garbageman was in 1855

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“Garbageman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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gar·​bage·​man ˈgär-bij-ˌman How to pronounce garbageman (audio)
: a person who collects and hauls away garbage
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