Definition of rubbish in English:


Line breaks: rub|bish
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌbɪʃ


[mass noun] chiefly British


[with object] British informal Back to top  
  • Criticize severely and reject as worthless: he rubbished the idea of a European Community-wide carbon tax
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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 she was rubbish at maths
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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.


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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