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dumpster

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[duhmp-ster]
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noun
  1. a large metal bin for refuse designed to be hoisted onto a specially equipped truck for emptying or hauling away.
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Origin of dumpster

formerly a trademark
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Examples from the Web for dumpster

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  • It wasn't as if sitting in the dumpster would infect it or something.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • The Dumpster blocking their doorway groaned, and then it actually slid a few inches.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • There were dumpsters there, and a recessed doorway, and they squeezed past the dumpster and into the doorway.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • “Spidey-sense is tingling,” he said, as he killed his lights and crept forward to the dumpster.

  • Kurt, standing on something in the dumpster that crackled, reached down and grabbed him by the wrist and hoisted him up.


Word Origin and History for dumpster

Dumpster

n.

1930s, from Dempster-Dumpster trash-hauling mechanism, patented by Dempster Brothers and probably named from dump (v.) with the surname in mind.

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