garbage

[ gahr-bij ]
/ ˈgɑr bɪdʒ /

noun

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Origin of garbage

First recorded in 1400–50; of uncertain origin; Middle English garbage, gabage “discarded parts of butchered fowls; entrails of fowls used for human food”; compare with Middle English garbelage “removal of refuse from spices,” Middle English garbelure “refuse found in spices,” and Old French garbage (also jarbage ) “tax on sheaves of grain,” but the shift of sense here is unclear; see also garble, -age
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British Dictionary definitions for garbage

garbage
/ (ˈɡɑːbɪdʒ) /

noun

worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
Also called: rubbish discarded or waste matter; refuse
computing invalid data
informal nonsense

Word Origin for garbage

C15: probably from Anglo-French garbelage removal of discarded matter, of uncertain origin; compare Old Italian garbuglio confusion
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