[ ruhb-ish ]
/ ˈrʌb ɪʃ /


worthless, unwanted material that is rejected or thrown out; debris; litter; trash.
nonsense, as in writing or art: sentimental rubbish.

Origin of rubbish

1350–1400; Middle English rubbes, rob(b)ous < ?; cf. rubble

SYNONYMS FOR rubbish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rubbishes

  • Bricks and cabbages, sticks and rubbishes, And mud pies all anyhow.

    Boycotted|Talbot Baines Reed
  • Rubbishes is apparently the nearest rhyme to cabbages which the chorus can lay hands on for the moment.

    Boycotted|Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for rubbishes

/ (ˈrʌbɪʃ) /


worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
discarded or waste matter; refuse
foolish words or speech; nonsense


(tr) informal to criticize; attack verbally

Word Origin for rubbish

C14 robys, of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with rubbishes


see good riddance (to bad rubbish).

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