Definition of garbage in English:


Syllabification: gar·bage
Pronunciation: /ˈɡärbij


chiefly North American
1Wasted or spoiled food and other refuse, as from a kitchen or household.
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  • With the exploding populace of the cities and its suburbs, household garbage and refuse is posing a serious threat.
  • These people have never complied with a single edict about the proper disposal of household garbage.
  • Eliminate sources of food, such as garbage or outdoor pet food dishes that attract stray cats.
scraps, leftovers, remains, slops
informal crap
1.1A thing that is considered worthless or meaningless: a store full of overpriced garbage
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  • I figured this idea was garbage, and that he was too much of an egomaniac to base his movies on anyone else's work but his.
  • Try to copy a short-cut with a right click, and you'll get meaningless garbage.
  • It took an awfully long time, though, and my computer is full of garbage.
1.2 Computing Unwanted data in a computer’s memory.
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  • What will double is all the garbage we store on our computers, which is to say not much of real value.
  • It wastes a portion of our lives to filter through the computer garbage.
  • We ran Mailwasher Pro to filter out the garbage in the nine e-mail accounts we check from that workstation, then ran NEO.


late Middle English (in the sense 'offal'): from Anglo-Norman French, of unknown ultimate origin.


garbage in, garbage out

(abbreviation: GIGO) Used to express the idea that in computing and other spheres, incorrect or poor quality input will always produce faulty output.
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  • First, the project suffered from GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.
  • It's like they say about computers: garbage in, garbage out.
  • Like most things in life, the rule is GIGO: garbage in, garbage out.

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