wastebasket

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. waste not, want not,
  2. waste one's breath,
  3. waste pipe,
  4. waste product,
  5. waste well,
  6. wasted,
  7. wasteful,
  8. wastefully,
  9. wasteland,
  10. wastelot

Origin of wastebasket

First recorded in 1855–60; waste + basket

Also called wastepaper basket.

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British Dictionary definitions for wastepaper basket

wastepaper basket

wastepaper bin

noun

mainly British another word for wastebasket

wastebasket

/ (ˈweɪstˌbɑːskɪt) /

noun

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