gar·​bage·​man | \ ˈgär-bij-ˌman How to pronounce garbageman (audio) \

Definition of garbageman

: one who collects and hauls away garbage

Examples of garbageman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weyl even spent six weeks working as a garbageman in Addis Ababa — like his character Solomon in the film. Tara Bitran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: A Guide to All 92 Foreign-Language Submissions," 7 Nov. 2019 This story of a garbageman in 1957 Pittsburgh is anchored to a transparent Oedipal formula and clunky conceits such as a mentally disabled, horn-blowing character named, uh, Gabriel. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Revealing the holes in August Wilson’s ‘Fences’," 3 Oct. 2019 Their children were ostracized and mocked for being the children of garbagemen. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Watch: The Memphis Sanitation Strike Ends," 18 Apr. 2018 Wagner, who grew up on a farm and proudly calls himself a garbageman, has reported the expenses as in-kind contributions to his campaign. Andrew Seidman,, "GOP candidate Scott Wagner spent $1M on private jets he co-owns | Clout," 12 Apr. 2018 After an atomic disaster, the plant’s nuclear garbagemen (played by Devo) attempt to protect the nearby town of Linear Valley. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Before Watching Neil Young in 'Paradox,' Check Out These 'Bernard Shakey' Productions," 23 Mar. 2018 The garbagemen were all from the hill country around Genoa, and Stefanelli talks of the Genovese virtues: hard work, being careful with money. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Garbageman collects respect by transforming trash industry," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of garbageman

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garbageman

garbage + man entry 1

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“Garbageman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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