- 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 rubbishes
Bricks and cabbages, sticks and rubbishes, And mud pies all anyhow.
Rubbishes is apparently the nearest rhyme to cabbages which the chorus can lay hands on for the moment.
- 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 rubbishes
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 rubbishes
see good riddance (to bad rubbish).