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rubbish

[ruhb-ish]
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noun
  1. worthless, unwanted material that is rejected or thrown out; debris; litter; trash.
  2. nonsense, as in writing or art: sentimental rubbish.

Origin of rubbish

1350–1400; Middle English rubbes, rob(b)ous < ?; cf. rubble

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2. rot, balderdash, drivel, bosh.
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Examples from the Web for rubbishes

Historical Examples

  • Bricks and cabbages, sticks and rubbishes, And mud pies all anyhow.

    Boycotted

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Rubbishes is apparently the nearest rhyme to cabbages which the chorus can lay hands on for the moment.

    Boycotted

    Talbot Baines Reed


British Dictionary definitions for rubbishes

rubbish

noun
  1. worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
  2. discarded or waste matter; refuse
  3. foolish words or speech; nonsense
verb
  1. (tr) informal to criticize; attack verbally

Word Origin

C14 robys, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for rubbishes

rubbish

n.

c.1400, robous, from Anglo-French rubouses (late 14c.), of unknown origin. No apparent cognates in Old French; apparently somehow related to rubble (see OED). Spelling with -ish is from late 15c. The verb sense of "disparage, criticize harshly" is first attested 1953 in Australian and New Zealand slang. Related: Rubbished; rubbishing.

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Idioms and Phrases with rubbishes

rubbish

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