[weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit]


a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.

Origin of wastebasket

First recorded in 1855–60; waste + basket
Also called wastepaper basket.
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Related Words for wastebasket

dustbin, box, repository, bowl, vessel, holder, hopper, skip, ashcan

Examples from the Web for wastebasket

Contemporary Examples of wastebasket

Historical Examples of wastebasket

  • "Oh, here's your handkerchief," she said quietly, taking it from the bottom of her wastebasket.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • These might readily have been consigned to the depths of the wastebasket unopened, unread.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • Daniel knocked the ashes from his pipe into the wastebasket.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I rummaged in the wastebasket and uncrumpled the morning's facsimile newspaper.

    Measure for a Loner

    James Judson Harmon

  • Years ago I must have laughed at it, when I threw my only copy into the wastebasket.

British Dictionary definitions for wastebasket



an open receptacle for paper and other dry litterAlso called (esp in Britain): wastepaper basket
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