garbology

[ gahr-bol-uh-jee ]
/ gɑrˈbɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns.

Nearby words

  1. garbo,
  2. garbo, greta,
  3. garboard,
  4. garboard strake,
  5. garboil,
  6. garcia,
  7. garcilaso de la vega,
  8. garcon,
  9. garcía lorca,
  10. garcía lorca, federico

Origin of garbology

First recorded in 1976; garb(age) + -o- + -logy

Related formsgar·bol·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for garbology

garbology

/ (ɡɑːˈbɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of the contents of domestic dustbins to analyse the consumption patterns of households
Derived Formsgarbologist, noun

Word Origin for garbology

C20: from garb (age) + ology

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