gar·​bol·​o·​gy gär-ˈbä-lə-jē How to pronounce garbology (audio)
: the study of modern culture through the analysis of what is thrown away as garbage
garbologist noun

Word History


garb(age) + -ology (as in geology)

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of garbology was in 1972

Dictionary Entries Near garbology

Cite this Entry

“Garbology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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