rubbish

noun rub·bish \ ˈrə-bish , dialectal -bij \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

rubbishy

play \ˈrə-bə-shē\ adjective

Examples of rubbish in a Sentence

  1. Please, pick the rubbish up off the ground.

  2. I think what he says is absolute rubbish!

  3. “I'm sorry, but I had to do it.” “Rubbish!”

  4. The food at that restaurant is complete rubbish.

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Origin and Etymology of rubbish

Middle English robous



RUBBISH Defined for English Language Learners

rubbish

noun

Definition of rubbish for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RUBBISH Defined for Kids

rubbish

noun rub·bish \ ˈrə-bish \

Definition of rubbish for Students

1 : trash 1
2 : nonsense


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