or Dump·ster



a large metal bin for refuse designed to be hoisted onto a specially equipped truck for emptying or hauling away.

Origin of dumpster

formerly a trademark
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for dumpster

dustbin, wastebasket, ashcan, skip

Examples from the Web for dumpster

Contemporary Examples of dumpster

Historical Examples of dumpster

  • 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.


    Cory Doctorow

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


    Cory Doctorow

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

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

Word Origin and History for dumpster



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper