wastebasket

[ weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit ]
/ ˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for wastepaper basket (1 of 2)

wastepaper basket

wastepaper bin


noun

mainly British another word for wastebasket

British Dictionary definitions for wastepaper basket (2 of 2)

wastebasket

/ (ˈweɪstˌbɑːskɪt) /

noun

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