Definition of dumpster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəmpstər/


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A large trash receptacle designed to be hoisted and emptied into a truck.
Example sentences
  • The part of the river we were cleaning was probably more used as a trash disposal than any dumpster was.
  • She watched the other dogs eyes examine the place more, over the old chair, the fire escape, the long ago empty dumpster.
  • It consisted of one mostly empty dumpster with feeble flames contesting with the northwestern drizzle.


1930s: originally Dempster Dumpster, proprietary name (based on dump) given by the American manufacturers, Dempster Brothers of Knoxville, Tennessee.

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