rub·​bish | \ ˈrə-bish How to pronounce rubbish (audio) , dialectal -bij \

Definition of rubbish

1 : useless waste or rejected matter : trash
2 : something that is worthless or nonsensical few real masterpieces are forgotten and not much rubbish survives— William Bridges-Adams

Other Words from rubbish

rubbishy \ ˈrə-​bə-​shē How to pronounce rubbish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rubbish in a Sentence

Please, pick the rubbish up off the ground. I think what he says is absolute rubbish! “I'm sorry, but I had to do it.” “Rubbish!” The food at that restaurant is complete rubbish.
Recent Examples on the Web Kimble has handled Highland Heights’ rubbish and recyclables collection since the city switched to automated collection in 2015. cleveland, 24 May 2022 His house had been ransacked, filled with rubbish and beer bottles. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 By installing talking garbage cans that dish out racy audio messages after being fed trash, authorities are hoping for an increase in rubbish being deposited. Jack Bantock, CNN, 10 June 2022 Comments like this perpetuate the rubbish that journalists are enemies of the public rather than part of the community. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2022 When one cyclist tossed a beer can at a car, Warnock squeezed on his brakes, picked up the rubbish, apologized to the driver and, along with others, scolded the rider. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 And a tale-teller was a servant hired to put people to sleep by talking a load of rubbish to them. Ali Smith, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 In addition, failures of municipal rubbish collection have contributed to widespread littering. Glen Retief, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 Krewson said the city received a complaint last August and issued a violation notice for things like peeling paint, rubbish, unlicensed vehicles in the lot and a hanging gutter that Damra said occurred during a storm and has since been fixed. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rubbish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rubbish

Middle English robous

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15 Jul 2022

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