Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Littered with rubbish.
  • adjective Of no value; worthless.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Worthless; trashy; paltry; full of rubbish; containing rubbish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Strewn with litter
  • adjective Of little or no value; worthless

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective cheap and inferior; of no value

Etymologies

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rubbish +‎ -y

Examples

  • Mr. Carlyle said it was his habit to drink five cups of tea. He ran off into table-talk about tea and coffee, told us that he had found in Lord Russell's 'Memoirs of Moore,' which he called a rubbishy book, the origin of the word biggin; it comes from one Biggin, a tinner, who first made the vessel and was knighted afterwards.

    Harrison, Mrs. Burton, 1843-1920. Recollections Grave and Gay

  • Link lady be good?? contrary to what you wrote – Bill cinton was NEVER an embarrassment abroad – even at t he height of that Lewinsky affair & his impeachement – if anything THE GOP were the JOKES! for doing it for such again rubbishy reasons.

    A World Awaits the Return of a Familiar Face - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • I can take air and moisture and drifting dust and any old kind of rubbishy matter you can imagine and knead it and stir it and transform it into something all new!

    The Golden Torc

  • On the other hand, that curriculum was itself subverted by precisely the same kind of rubbishy thinking.

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  • Same goes for the "rubbishy" thrillers she penned under a pseudonym.

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  • He wrote to his mother: "St Peter's disappoints me: the stone of which it is made is a poor plastery material; and, indeed, Rome in general might be called a rubbishy place; the Roman antiquities in general seem to me only interesting as antiquities, and not for any beauty ...

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  • Elementsand this particularly applies to science fictionmay be so obviously rubbishy that one is tempted to dismiss the whole product as rubbish.

    An essay by Peter Dickinson entitled 'A Defense of Rubbish'

  • Both are fun little robot friends, and they are eager to see a slightly less rubbishy world than they had to deal with in the film.

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  • Both are fun little robot friends, and they are eager to see a slightly less rubbishy world than they had to deal with in the film.

    Are These the Droids You Were Looking For?

  • One is that, since the market becomes saturated by rubbishy fat volumes issued on the strength of the authors' long corroded reputation rather than any intrinsic merit, good books get crowded out.

    Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time (1990-2005)

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