Rubbish

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Rubbish — Rub bish, a. Of or pertaining to rubbish; of the quality of rubbish; trashy. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 rubbish — [n1] garbage debris, dregs, dross, junk, litter, lumber, offal, refuse, rubble, rummage, scrap, sweepings, trash, waste; concept 260 Ant. possessions, property rubbish [n2] nonsense balderdash, bilge*, bunkum, drivel, gibberish, hogwash, hooey*,… …

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  • 4 rubbish — (n.) c.1400, from Anglo Fr. rubouses (late 14c.), of unknown origin. Apparently somehow related to RUBBLE (Cf. rubble). The verb sense of disparage, criticize harshly is first attested 1953 in Australian and New Zealand slang …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 rubbish — n *refuse, waste, trash, debris, garbage, offal …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 rubbish — is used in BrE to mean ‘household refuse’. The corresponding term in AmE, and in some other non British varieties, is garbage or (in some contexts) trash, and a dustbin outside Britain is a garbage can or trash can …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 rubbish — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. 1) waste material; refuse or litter. 2) unimportant or valueless material. 3) nonsense; worthless talk or ideas. ► VERB Brit. informal ▪ criticize and reject as worthless. ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal ▪ very bad …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 rubbish — [rub′ish] n. [ME robous, robys: ult. < base of RUB] 1. any material rejected or thrown away as worthless; trash; refuse 2. worthless, foolish ideas, statements, etc.; nonsense vt. [Brit. Informal] TRASH1 (vt. 3a) rubbishy adj …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 rubbish — noun ⇨ See also ↑garbage, ↑trash 1 (esp. BrE) waste material ADJECTIVE ▪ domestic, household ▪ garden … OF RUBBISH ▪ bag …

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  • 10 rubbish — rub|bish1 S3 [ˈrʌbıʃ] n [U] especially BrE [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: rubbous, perhaps from Old French robe; ROBE] 1.) food, paper etc that is no longer needed and has been thrown away American Equivalent: garbage American… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 rubbish — 01. Nigel, can you please take the [rubbish] out? It s starting to smell. 02. The old man found some bits of fruit and uneaten food in the [rubbish]. 03. This music is absolute [rubbish]. How could anyone listen to it? 04. The man is talking… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 rubbish — [[t]rʌ̱bɪʃ[/t]] rubbishes, rubbishing, rubbished 1) N UNCOUNT Rubbish consists of unwanted things or waste material such as used paper, empty tins and bottles, and waste food. [mainly BRIT] ...unwanted household rubbish... They had piled most of… …

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  • 13 rubbish — I UK [ˈrʌbɪʃ] / US noun [uncountable] ** 1) things that you throw away because they are no longer useful, such as old food, paper or plastic used for wrapping things, and empty containers The council is encouraging people to recycle their… …

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  • 14 rubbish — 1 noun (U) especially BrE 1 food, paper etc that is no longer needed and has been thrown away; garbage (1) AmE: The dustmen collect the rubbish on Thursdays. 2 informal objects, papers etc that you no longer use and should throw away: I must… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 rubbish — 1. adjective /ˈrʌbɪʃ/ Exceedingly bad; awful; terrible; crappy. This has been a rubbish day, and its about to get worse: my mother in law is coming to stay. 2. interjection /ˈrʌbɪʃ/ …

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  • 16 rubbish — rub|bish1 [ rʌbıʃ ] noun uncount MAINLY BRITISH 1. ) GARBAGE 2. ) things that someone says or writes that are not reasonable or sensible: NONSENSE: Most of the information in her article was utter rubbish. As usual, he was talking complete… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 rubbish*/ — [ˈrʌbɪʃ] noun [U] British 1) things that you throw away because they are no longer useful The streets were littered with rubbish.[/ex] 2) things that someone says or writes that are not reasonable or sensible Syn: nonsense As usual, he was… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 rubbish — n. an accumulation, heap, pile of rubbish * * * [ rʌbɪʃ] heap pile of rubbish an accumulation …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 rubbish — noun 1) throw away that rubbish See garbage 1) 2) she s talking rubbish Syn: nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, moonshine, garbage; informal hogwash, baloney, jive, guff, trip …

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  • 20 rubbish — noun 1) throw away that rubbish Syn: refuse, waste, litter, scrap, dross; N.Amer. garbage, trash; informal dreck, junk 2) she s talking rubbish Syn: nonsense, gibberish, claptrap …

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