1. worthless, unwanted material that is rejected or thrown out; debris; litter; trash.
  2. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for rubbishes

Historical Examples of rubbishes

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


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Rubbishes is apparently the nearest rhyme to cabbages which the chorus can lay hands on for the moment.


    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for rubbishes


  1. worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
  2. discarded or waste matter; refuse
  3. foolish words or speech; nonsense
  1. (tr) informal to criticize; attack verbally

Word Origin for rubbish

C14 robys, of uncertain origin
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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with rubbishes


see good riddance (to bad rubbish).

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