wastebasket

noun waste·bas·ket \ ˈwās(t)-ˌba-skət \

Definition of wastebasket

: a receptacle for refuse and especially for wastepaper called also wastepaper basket

Examples of wastebasket in a Sentence

  1. She tossed the wrapper into the wastebasket.

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First Known Use of wastebasket

1850

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WASTEBASKET Defined for English Language Learners

wastebasket

Definition of wastebasket for English Language Learners

  • : a small container for trash


WASTEBASKET Defined for Kids

wastebasket

noun waste·bas·ket \ ˈwāst-ˌba-skət \

Definition of wastebasket for Students

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


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