Origin of rubbish
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MORE ABOUT RUBBISH
What is rubbish?
Rubbish is unwanted material, such as something you throw into a waste barrel, like a banana peel.
Rubbish is also something that is considered nonsense and not worth anything, like an idea or a piece of art.
In Australia and New Zealand, rubbish can mean to criticize or verbally attack. It’s often used informally.
Example: Make sure you clean up all this rubbish before you leave tonight.
Where does rubbish come from?
The first records of the term rubbish come from around 1350. It is thought to come from the Middle English rubbes, as does rubble. Rubbish usually refers to smaller particles of trash, while rubble describes large pieces of debris, such as chunks of masonry after a building has been demolished.
When rubbish is used figuratively to criticize something, it frequently refers to text or speech, as in That article is utter rubbish. But it can also refer to a piece of media as in, That film was rubbish. Rubbish is used more commonly in the United Kingdom than in the United States or other English-speaking nations, although it is still used worldwide in moderation.
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What are some other forms related to rubbish?
- rubbishy (adjective)
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How is rubbish used in real life?
Rubbish is a commonly used word to mean either trash or nonsense.
sometimes the only solution to a rubbish day is going home to eat a lot of chocolate and climbing into bed
— M A R I N A (@MarinaDiamandis) January 25, 2019
Somebody bought a lotto ticket and thought he put it in the bin then spent 15 mins sifting through rubbish and found it in his pocket (me)
— Phil Lester (@AmazingPhil) January 8, 2016
Rubbish decision to send off Mané. Rubbish.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) September 9, 2017
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Is rubbish used correctly in the following sentence?
These decisions the mayor keeps making are absolute rubbish.
How to use rubbish in a sentence
Plastic rubbish in the oceans also ensnares birds, turtles and other wildlife.
Science, by comparison, is “full of things that sound like complete rubbish” but turn out to work remarkably well—for example, neural nets, he says.Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI|Siobhan Roberts|April 16, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Publishers print stacks of rubbish – “Beach Reading” – for your sake.
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|Rich Goldstein|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
People ought to know that if they stuff themselves silly with high-calorie, rubbish foods they will get fat.
It's complete rubbish from the outside, and on a day like this it's going to look even worse.
Presently, one of the foremen or overlookers saw it, and wanted to know what all that rubbish had been put there for.Asbestos|Robert H. Jones
And now, Monsieur Pujol,” said he impudently, “I am willing to sell you this rubbish for the cheque.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
She hugged him, wheel and all, and began turning over the rubbish with great delight.
To tell the truth, Henry had found a few things in the rubbish which he had stored in his own pocket.
And more than one broken flask on its way to the rubbish heap was carefully carried up the hill to the hidden family.
British Dictionary definitions for rubbish
Word Origin for rubbish
Other Idioms and Phrases with rubbish
see good riddance (to bad rubbish).