rubbish

noun
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 Rome has been invaded by Gauls, Visigoths and vandals over the centuries, but the Eternal City is now grappling with a rampaging force of an entirely different sort: rubbish-seeking wild boars. Trisha Thomas, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2021 Rome has been invaded by Gauls, Visigoths and vandals over the centuries, but the Eternal City is now grappling with a rampaging force of an entirely different sort: rubbish-seeking wild boars. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 In 2019, Filamentive, a PLA manufacturer based in the UK, estimated that 10 percent of 3-D prints made in the UK end up in the rubbish heap. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 11 Sep. 2021 Certainly much more than dumping all that junk in the ocean (which is bad all by itself) or letting children sort through rubbish heaps. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The former Food & Wine magazine sommelier of the year is also the suspect in a June 26 rubbish fire near Broome and Centre streets, in a SoHo neighborhood filled with high-end boutiques and restaurants. NBC News, 29 July 2021 Fireworks contributed to the weekend mayhem, as the Chicago Fire Department reported responding to at least 30 building fires, 27 garage fires and 293 rubbish fires Sunday night through Monday morning. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 6 July 2021 Jerry Saltz, an art critic who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, says that 85 percent of the new product is rubbish. John Fund, National Review, 11 July 2021 Fire officials also say Ganzer, who is a partner at a Manhattan wine bar, set a pile of rubbish on fire June 26, and torched an outdoor dining structure at an Italian restaurant, Forsythia, back in January. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 29 July 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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7 Oct 2021

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“Rubbish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubbish. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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rubbish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rubbish

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

rubbish

noun
rub·​bish | \ ˈrə-bish How to pronounce rubbish (audio) \

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