Emoji dictionary 🗑️ Wastebasket emoji [ weyst-bas-kit ih-moh-jee ] Published June 3, 2021 What does 🗑️ Wastebasket emoji mean? The Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ displays a wire-mesh wastebasket. It is commonly used to represent literal and figurative trash and garbage. The emoji is also sometimes used to convey various negative feelings, such as worthlessness or failure (e.g., feeling like trash). The Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ is occasionally used to refer to basketball (and combined with the Basketball emoji 🏀) due the emoji’s resemblance to the net of a basketball hoop as well sharing the word basket. The Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ is also combined with the Fire emoji 🔥 to represent the slang expression dumpster fire. Related words 🏀 Basketball emoji, ball is life, basketball head, March Madness, 🔥 Fire emoji Where does 🗑️ Wastebasket emoji come from? The Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ was approved under Unicode 7.0 in 2014. On most major platforms, the emoji resembles a silver or grey wire-mesh wastebasket. Depending on the platform, the wastebasket may be stylized or depicted realistically. The Apple and Twitter versions of the emoji depict the wastebasket as seen from the side. On all other major platforms, the wastebasket is viewed from an angle that shows the opening at the top. The Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ is often used to refer to actual trash or junk. It is also very common to use the emoji alongside metaphorical uses of “trash” or “garbage” as in feeling like trash or treating someone like trash. To this end, the emoji is combined with the Fire emoji 🔥 as a pictorial representation of dumpster fire, a slang expression meaning “a situation, person, or thing that is disastrous and out of control.” In 2016, the American Dialect Society voted dumpster fire as its Word of the Year, noting the prominent use of the emoji sequence 🗑🔥 on social media to represent the phrase that year. On Twitter especially, the Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ is often used to refer to basketball, often alongside the Basketball emoji 🏀. This is likely due to the fact the emoji highly resembles a basketball net when used on the platform as well as as the fact that they share the word basket. Examples of 🗑️ Wastebasket emoji Brexit is 199 hours away. We need to #BinIt 🗑️ @BestForBritain, March 21, 2019 This year has been absolute 🗑️. @EvillDewer, May 28, 2020 Who uses 🗑️ Wastebasket emoji? The Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ is often used to refer to actual and metaphorical trash. Happy #EarthDay21 Be kind to Mother Earth 🌍 and each other. Stop littering And don't forget to recycle♻️ 🚮🗑️ — Dawn (@Dawn1900) April 22, 2021 Mcdonald's new chicken sandwich is 🗑️ — Chuck Croneberger (@CRONEBEC) April 22, 2021 I feel like 🗑️ — Tori Sisolak (@llovelyLaine) September 10, 2019 The Wastebasket emoji 🗑️ is also used to refer to basketball, especially on Twitter. I will dunk a basketball by the end of this year 🗑️⛹️💨 — Diem (@shirosilk) March 24, 2021 Fact: The chances of having a perfect March Madness bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 May the odds be in your favor 🏀🗑️ — Kirsten Krull (@KirstenKrull) March 15, 2021 Just Added clout chaser, let that sink in, Dark Brandon, phrogging, I said what I said Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of 🗑️ Wastebasket emoji like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of 🗑️ Wastebasket emoji that will help our users expand their word mastery.