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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web They were tasked with picking up rubbish that spanned a handful of city blocks clustered in the Lloyd Center area. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2021 While Stepanova’s poetry is crafted from the intangible relics and rubbish of language, In Memory of Memory curates physical remnants of the past, using them as the raw material for a family history. Sophie Pinkham, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Richie would continue making excessively sentimental rubbish like this throughout the 1980s. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 13 May 2021 Investigators say rubbish was set on fire in the building. Cecilia Reyes,, 23 Apr. 2021 The fire at Northern Metal Recycling spontaneously combusted in the center of rubbish and metal piles and spread rapidly before employees could extinguish it, according to a news release from the Minneapolis Fire Department. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 The people in government were all talking rubbish and would change their minds every five minutes. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2021 At scale, smart rubbish bins and containers could optimize one of the most expensive municipal services by removing the guesswork and long data gathering periods needed to optimize trash collection schedules. Einaras Von Gravrock, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Fire investigators list burning rubbish on the rear porch as the cause of the fire. Cecilia Reyes,, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of rubbish was in the 15th century

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9 Jun 2021

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“Rubbish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rubbish

: things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown out
chiefly British, informal : words or ideas that are foolish or untrue
informal : something that is worthless, unimportant, or of poor quality


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