Definition of garbology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡɑːˈbɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The study of a community or culture by analysing its waste.
Example sentences
  • He specialises in garbology and the Money Programme gave him her rubbish to look through.
  • In the end, our garbology investigation made us realize that the 3 Rs really make sense!
  • Glen, Grand Canyon River Guide and master of garbology is under the firm belief that garbage maintenance can be fun.



Example sentences
  • I guess what I am trying to say is, it wouldn't hurt if everyone started being garbologists on their own.
  • A variety of conversion technologies, including ones that use landfill gas to generate electricity, are being explored by garbologists in Europe and the United States.
  • It feels like a feel-good piece, especially when the suited nuclear garbologist is giving the ‘thumbs up’ to the safe transport of nuclear waste.


1960s: from garbage + -logy.

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