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  1. the waste matter that passes through sewers.
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Also sewerage.

Origin of sewage

1825–35; sew(er)1 (as if the ending was -er1) + -age
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Related Words for sewage

junk, leavings, slop, garbage, excrement, rubbish, excess, runoff, discharge, trash

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British Dictionary definitions for sewage


  1. waste matter from domestic or industrial establishments that is carried away in sewers or drains for dumping or conversion into a form that is not toxic
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Word Origin for sewage

C19: back formation from sewer 1
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Word Origin and History for sewage


1818, from sew (v.) "to drain, draw off water" (late 15c., from sewer (n.1)) + -age.

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