American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Waste, broken, or worn-out material; useless fragments or remains collectively, especially of stone; refuse in general.
- n. Any useless or worthless stuff; that which serves no good purpose, or is fit only to be thrown away; trash; trumpery; litter: used of both material and immaterial things.
- adj. Australia, New Zealand, UK, colloquial Exceedingly bad; awful; terrible; crappy.
- interj. Australia, New Zealand, UK, colloquial Expresses that something is exceedingly bad, terrible or awful.
- interj. Expresses that what was recently said is untruth or nonsense.
- n. Australia, New Zealand, UK Garbage, junk, refuse, waste.
- n. Nonsense.
- v. To denounce, to criticise, to denigrate, to disparage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Waste or rejected matter; anything worthless; valueless stuff; trash; especially, fragments of building materials or fallen buildings; ruins; débris.
- adj. Of or pertaining to rubbish; of the quality of rubbish; trashy.
- n. worthless material that is to be disposed of
- v. attack strongly
- n. nonsensical talk or writing
- Anglo-Norman rubouses, of Unknown origin; presumably ultimately from Proto-Germanic *raub- (“to break”) (from whence rob, via meaning “plunder, destroy”). Related to rubble. In verb sense “to criticize”, attested 1953 in Australian and New Zealand slang. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English robishe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I wouldn't care so much except that in the eyes of many this rubbish is the supposed figurehead of all forward-thinking science fiction, and that is patently false.”
“And that which you call rubbish seems to have caught the ear of all Europe.”
“Yes, I did take some what you call rubbish, and did discover Maister Mishdigoat's own monumentsh --- It's like dat he meant I should be his heirs --- so it would not be civility in me not to come mineself for mine inheritance. '”
“I have bought what happened to come in my way at show or auction; I have retained what came in as part of the _undescribed_ portion of miscellaneous auction lots; I have received a few from friends who found them among what they called their rubbish; and I have preserved books sent to me for review.”
“Yes, I did take some what you call rubbish, and did discover Maister Mishdigoat's own monumentsh --”
“Yes, I did take some what you call rubbish, and did discover”
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“Robo calls of rubbish from a bitter old robber baron.”
“Arguing that Stephenie Meyer and Laurel K Hamilton are rubbish is like kicing puppies.”
“Biodegradable rubbish is burned to facilitate quick disintegration.”
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