Definition of rubbish in English:

rubbish

Line breaks: rub|bish
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌbɪʃ
 
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noun

[mass noun] chiefly British

verb

[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.

adjective

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.

Origin

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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