- worthless, unwanted material that is rejected or thrown out; debris; litter; trash.
- nonsense, as in writing or art: sentimental rubbish.
Origin of rubbish
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Examples from the Web for rubbish
Publishers print stacks of rubbish – “Beach Reading” – for your sake.Our Doomed Love Affair with Summer
P. J. O’Rourke
August 30, 2014
The actor has since denied involvement in the projects, calling rumors to the contrary “rubbish.”The Cult of Boba Fett: The ‘Star Wars’ Bounty Hunter’s Spin-Off
June 5, 2014
As he advanced his, eyebrows contracted, and his lips seemed to form the word “rubbish.”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
People ought to know that if they stuff themselves silly with high-calorie, rubbish foods they will get fat.Britain’s Weighty Issue
January 20, 2014
There was rubble, half-collapsed houses, and mountains of rubbish everywhere.My Harrowing Kidnapping Ordeal in Syria
January 29, 2013
He began to rebuild the palace and ordered that the rubbish be removed from the temples.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It seemed to her that even Enoch might take the hint, and clear away his rubbish.Tiverton Tales
That is all rubbish,” he said; “people ought to stick to their own country.Mountain Meditations
As he left the dining-room he stumbled over a heap of rubbish in the passage.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Dirty finger-prints were on the hall-windows, flue and rubbish on its unwashed boards.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
- discarded or waste matter; refuse
- foolish words or speech; nonsense
- (tr) informal to criticize; attack verbally
Word Origin and History for rubbish
c.1400, robous, from Anglo-French rubouses (late 14c.), of unknown origin. No apparent cognates in Old French; apparently somehow related to rubble (see OED). Spelling with -ish is from late 15c. The verb sense of "disparage, criticize harshly" is first attested 1953 in Australian and New Zealand slang. Related: Rubbished; rubbishing.
Idioms and Phrases with rubbish
see good riddance (to bad rubbish).