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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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 But many end their existence as garbage bags, incinerated with the rest of the waste at one of Denmark’s combined heat and power plants, which turn rubbish into new electricity and district heating. National Geographic, "Danes Use Far Fewer Plastic Bags Than Americans—Here's How," 21 May 2018 Certain male birds decorate their nests with colorful human rubbish. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 Inspections of the property also noted some other continued issues, including graffiti on the property that needs to be removed and scattered trash, rubbish and debris. Darcy Costello And Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "City slaps busy gas station with first-of-its-kind order to vacate," 18 June 2018 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted talking 'rubbish' at points this season to distract from his team's performances., "Jurgen Klopp Admits West Brom Dry Pitch Comments Were 'Rubbish' as Champions League Pressure Mounts," 22 May 2018 Marine experts discovered the rubbish inside the male cetacean’s stomach and intestines Friday during a necropsy, or animal autopsy. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A sperm whale died from eating 64 pounds of plastic litter, marine experts say | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 Video from the scene showed the battered truck afterwards, with rubbish strewn around it. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Houston produces a lot of chlorine so responders need to be prepared," 20 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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Phrases Related to rubbish

rubbish bin

rubbish tip/dump

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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


rub·bish | \ ˈrə-bish \

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