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[weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.
Also called wastepaper basket.
Origin of wastebasket
First recorded in 1855-60; waste + basket Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Oh, here's your handkerchief," she said quietly, taking it from the bottom of her wastebasket.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • These might readily have been consigned to the depths of the wastebasket unopened, unread.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Daniel knocked the ashes from his pipe into the wastebasket.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I rummaged in the wastebasket and uncrumpled the morning's facsimile newspaper.

    Measure for a Loner James Judson Harmon
  • Years ago I must have laughed at it, when I threw my only copy into the wastebasket.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for wastebasket


an open receptacle for paper and other dry litter Also called (esp in Britain) wastepaper basket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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