Definition of rubbish in English:


Syllabification: rub·bish
Pronunciation: /ˈrəbiSH


chiefly British
  • 1Waste material; refuse or litter: an alleyway high with rubbish
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    • The winners of City of York Council's summer clean-up campaign were presented with prizes, won after they gained raffle tickets for putting their rubbish in waste bins.
    • The council provides residents with a green waste bin for non-recyclable household rubbish, bags for paper, boxes for glass and a separate bin for garden waste.
    • This will allow the council to introduce alternate weekly collections of recyclable waste one week and non-recyclable rubbish from the grey wheeled bin the next.
  • 1.1Material that is considered unimportant or valueless: she had to sift through the rubbish in every drawer
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    • Among the jumble and mess were hidden treasures priceless articles bundled next to worthless rubbish.
    • They cobble together any old rubbish to pass off as art such as baths full of baked beans or piles of old house bricks.
  • 1.2Absurd, nonsensical, or worthless talk or ideas: I suppose you believe that rubbish about vampires
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    • What a load of rubbish, how can they stand there talking such nonsense in front of reporters?
    • I think the idea of a metrosexual man is a load of rubbish.
    • A lot of people say I talk a load of rubbish in this column but this particular week they are absolutely right.


[with object] British informal Back to top  
  • Criticize severely and reject as worthless: he has pointedly rubbished professional estimates of the development and running costs
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    • But look, I'm not completely rubbishing the idea.
    • Using his position at the University of Berlin he dedicated himself to rubbishing Cantor's ideas and ruining him personally.
    • Even if post modernism readily swaps wit and subversion for gravitas and rubbishes the idea of the ‘original’ in art, the question is not invalid.


British informal Back to top  
  • Very bad; worthless or useless: people might say I was a rubbish manager
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    • The wonderful thing about football is that you can always find something to lighten up your day - even when you've got no leg room, a restricted view and are watching a rubbish game at Oldham.
    • We constantly hear about people being encouraged to dump their cars and get on the bus but then we are left with a rubbish bus service.
    • It sounds like a rubbish chain of hotels.



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  • If the industry wants to churn out tons of rubbishy viral ads, it's not going to be worth their while, because they're just not going to be seen.
  • For years, the argument runs, anonymity has actually been the way to get self-serving or rubbishy stories into a self-serving and increasingly rubbishy media.
  • I remember thinking the plot was sentimental, rubbishy pap.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French rubbous; perhaps related to Old French robe 'spoils'; compare with rubble. The change in the ending was due to association with -ish1. The verb (1950s) was originally Australian and New Zealand slang.

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