rub·​bish | \ˈrə-bish, 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

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Other Words from rubbish

rubbishy \ˈrə-​bə-​shē \ 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.
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But dictatorships are rubbish at football, which requires more creativity and flair. The Economist, "For all its faults, the World Cup in Russia is worth celebrating," 9 June 2018 Henry Cowell, who was probably the most prominent voice of American composers in his many articles and interviews in European and Soviet newspapers, always argued that such a version of Americanness was rubbish. Jacob Dreyer, New York Times, "Chinese Composers With an Ear to the World," 12 Jan. 2018 All the Marouane Fellaini talk about @LFC moving for the @ManUtd player sounds like rubbish to me and more like the agent trying to get a move for his player., "Liverpool Fans Hit Out at Shock Summer Transfer Links for 'Worst Player Ever'," 9 Apr. 2018 Two of the homicides are confirmed shooting deaths, while the third body was found burning in a rubbish fire Saturday evening, Cleveland police Sgt. Jane Morice,, "Cleveland police investigating three homicides in 24 hours on city's East Side," 18 Feb. 2018 His term as mayor of Bogotá was marked by clashes with the city council and disputes with contractors, one of which left rubbish uncollected. The Economist, "The faulty front-runners for Colombia’s presidency," 24 May 2018 Families, athletic groups and various clubs were out in droves picking rubbish off the ground to be properly disposed of at the Northshore Park after party. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Thousands collect litter throughout The Woodlands during annual GreenUp event," 24 Mar. 2018 A few chickens roamed near signs advertising bee removal and rubbish collection services. Author: Simon Romero, Anchorage Daily News, "Another Kilauea eruption shatters the quiet in a Hawaii 'ghost town'," 18 May 2018 An autopsy exhumed 8 kg (more than 17 lb) of additional plastic rubbish from the whale’s stomach, the department said in a Facebook post. Eli Meixler, Time, "A Pilot Whale Has Died in Southern Thailand After Swallowing 17 Pounds of Plastic Waste," 4 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of rubbish

: 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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