Rubbish Rub"bish, n. [OE. robows, robeux, rubble, originally an Old French plural from an assumed dim. of robe, probably in the sense of trash; cf. It. robaccia trash, roba stuff, goods, wares, robe. Thus, etymologically rubbish is the pl. of rubble. See {Robe}, and cf. {Rubble}.] Waste or rejected matter; anything worthless; valueless stuff; trash; especially, fragments of building materials or fallen buildings; ruins; d['e]bris. [1913 Webster]

What rubbish and what offal! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

he saw the town's one half in rubbish lie. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Rubbish pulley}. See {Gin block}, under {Gin}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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