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 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, "When Boomers Must Zoom," 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, "When Boomers Must Zoom," 10 Aug. 2020 Someday, an astronaut might be hunched over a desk, a wastebasket full of crumpled paper nearby, trying to come up with the right words—something as good as Neil Armstrong’s famous line—before her spaceship lands on Mars. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Can We Still Go to Mars?," 1 Oct. 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, "When Boomers Must Zoom," 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, "When Boomers Must Zoom," 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, "When Boomers Must Zoom," 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, "When Boomers Must Zoom," 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, "When Boomers Must Zoom," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of wastebasket

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wastebasket was in 1850

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3 Nov 2020

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“Wastebasket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastebasket. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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wastebasket

noun
How to pronounce wastebasket (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wastebasket

US : 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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