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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Recent Examples on the Web In more than half a century of human space exploration, a lot of rubbish has accumulated in orbit. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Lasers in daylight can better detect space debris orbiting Earth, new study suggests," 4 Aug. 2020 When photographer Nichole Sobecki made these images last year, exports from flowers generated $1 billion in sales—this year workers are being sent home, blossoms sent to the rubbish heap, and Kenya’s economic outlook is wilting. National Geographic, "Gordon Parks and today's protests," 26 June 2020 But the growth of plastic rubbish is mainly caused by the fact that municipalities around the world have curtailed their recycling schemes. The Economist, "Sea of troubles Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution," 22 June 2020 That’s drawn another rebuke from the budget carrier Ryanair, which called the plan ‘more idiotic rubbish’. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "A Food Crisis of ‘Biblical Proportions’," 29 June 2020 Even in rich countries, the poor are more likely to live closer to facilities that deal with rubbish, says Ms Andersen. The Economist, "Sea of troubles Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution," 22 June 2020 Each piece that is modified becomes useful again and won’t end up in a pile of rubbish. Brendan Nystedt, Wired, "Retro Hackers Are Building a Better Nintendo Game Boy," 10 June 2020 Although several rubbish collection companies attended a pre-bid meeting with Service Director Jim Anderson, Kimble was the only firm to submit a bid. cleveland, "South Euclid inks new contract with Kimble for rubbish, recyclables pickup," 29 May 2020 Post-pandemic, houses were not rebuilt; nor did any rubbish accumulate from daily activities. Shadreck Chirikure, Quartz Africa, "How ancient African societies used social distancing to manage pandemics," 18 May 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Rubbish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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