Origin of garbage
Synonyms for garbage
Related Words for garbagesjunk, trash, filth, swill, scrap, rubble, muck, dross, debris, offal, rubbish, dregs, slop, waste, detritus, sewage, dreck, sweepings
Word Origin for garbage
early 15c., "giblets of a fowl, waste parts of an animal," later confused with garble in its sense of "siftings, refuse." Perhaps some senses derive from Old French garbe "a bundle of sheaves, entrails," from Proto-Germanic *garba- (cf. Dutch garf, German garbe "sheaf"), from PIE *ghrebh- "a handful, a grasp." Sense of "refuse, filth" is first attested 1580s; used figuratively for "worthless stuff" from 1590s. Garbology "study of waste as a social science" is from 1976.