Definition of rubbish in English:
noun[mass noun] chiefly British
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
verb[with object] British informal Back to top
- 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.
adjectiveBritish informal Back to top
- 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.
This is from Anglo-Norman French rubbous; it may be related to Old French robe ‘spoils’ ( see rob). The change in the ending was due to association with words ending in -ish. The verb meaning ‘denigrate’, found from the 1950s, was originally Australian and New Zealand slang. Rubble (Late Middle English) may also be an alteration robe.
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