Definition of rubbish
- few real masterpieces are forgotten and not much rubbish survives
- —William Bridges-Adams
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.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
balderdash, baloney (also boloney), beans, bilge, blarney, blather, bosh, bull [slang], bunk, bunkum (or buncombe), claptrap, drivel, folderol (also falderal), folly, foolishness, fudge, hogwash, hokeypokey, hokum, hooey, humbug, humbuggery, jazz, malarkey (also malarky), moonshine, nonsense, piffle, poppycock, rot, senselessness, silliness, stupidity, tommyrot, trash, trumpery, twaddle;
: things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown out
: words or ideas that are foolish or untrue
: something that is worthless, unimportant, or of poor quality
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