wastebasket

noun
waste·​bas·​ket | \ ˈwās(t)-ˌba-skət How to pronounce wastebasket (audio) \

Definition of wastebasket

: a receptacle for refuse and especially for wastepaper

called also wastepaper basket

Examples of wastebasket in a Sentence

She tossed the wrapper into the wastebasket.
Recent Examples on the Web In a 2015 New York Times article, Mr. Durst’s brother, Douglas Durst, recalled discovering in the early 1990s that his wastebasket and that of his uncle were used by Robert Durst for urinating. Keiko Morris, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 There is nothing appealing about being people’s emotional wastebasket, and that is not in your job description. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The pitcher is placed in a large wastebasket and given a beer shower. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 His allies then cleared out, taking the wastebasket with them. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Add a small rug, plants and a wastebasket, and install organizers to hold your office supplies. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 The shredder can operate for 30 minutes of continuous shredding, and has a 5.3-gallon pullout wastebasket. Popular Science, 10 Mar. 2021 Brian addresses us from his bedroom, which has an impressive record collection, an electric-guitar case, a full wastebasket, a bowl of pet food, and a bed whose duvet is slightly askew. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Brian addresses us from his bedroom, which has an impressive record collection, an electric-guitar case, a full wastebasket, a bowl of pet food, and a bed whose duvet is slightly askew. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of wastebasket

1850, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2022

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“Wastebasket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastebasket. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for wastebasket

wastebasket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wastebasket

: a small container for trash

wastebasket

noun
waste·​bas·​ket | \ ˈwāst-ˌba-skət How to pronounce wastebasket (audio) \

Kids Definition of wastebasket

: an open container for odds and ends to be thrown away

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