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 Equivalent: trash
a rubbish bin
household rubbish
rubbish tip/dump
(=a place to take rubbish)
2.) informal objects, papers etc that you no longer use and should throw away
I've got so much rubbish on my desk it's unbelievable.
3.) informal an idea, statement, etc that is rubbish is silly or wrong and does not deserve serious attention
American Equivalent: garbage
You do talk rubbish sometimes.
That's a load of rubbish .
The suggestion is absolute rubbish .
rubbish!
spoken (=used to tell someone that what they have just said is completely wrong)
4.) informal a film, book etc that is rubbish is very bad
the usual Hollywood rubbish
rubbish 2
rubbish2 v [T]
BrE to say something is bad or useless
rubbish 3
rubbish3 adj BrE informal
not skilful at a particular activity
a rubbish team

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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*,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • rubbish — n *refuse, waste, trash, debris, garbage, offal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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