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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rubbishy \ ˈrə-​bə-​shē How to pronounce rubbishy (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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With some of the world's biggest festivals coming up, months of great music and outdoor partying lie ahead, as well as huge mountains of rubbish and fields littered with plastic. Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN, "How not to trash the planet at a music festival," 25 June 2019 As a reminder, burning of trash/rubbish is never allowed. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Fire bans and warnings issued for parts of Colorado’s Front Range, Western Slope," 20 June 2019 After the violence and chaos, some even returned to clean up rubbish. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong is in the fight of its life—but don’t underestimate the city’s Lion Rock spirit," 15 June 2019 Fires caused by the release of methane gas sporadically break out and can take days to contain, all while men, women and children sift through the rubbish looking for items to sell. Helen Regan And Omar Khan, CNN, "India's trash mountains are a fetid symbol of the country's plastic problem," 7 June 2019 The home and yard underwent a massive, multi-day cleanup effort in 2015 involving volunteers, city workers and others during which the remains of dead cats were found among the rubbish. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Bids awarded to raze five Hobart homes," 6 June 2019 King County has only one active landfill, where the rubbish produced by more than 1.4 million people is hauled, dumped, compacted and layered into a modest trash mountain lorded over by a fleet of semi-trucks, bulldozers and bald eagles. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "King County’s landfill has been almost full for two decades. What happens next?," 26 Mar. 2019 Last week, for instance, a whale died in southern Thailand after eating plastic rubbish and vomiting out several plastic bags. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Sharks, cold water and ‘plastic smog’: Swimmer crosses Pacific to fight pollution," 5 June 2018 Erick Uriel Sandoval is accused of helping burn the students’ bodies at a rubbish dump. The Economist, "Politics this week," 15 Mar. 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
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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