rubbish


rubbish
1 noun (U) especially BrE
1 food, paper etc that is no longer needed and has been thrown away; garbage (1) AmE: The dustmen collect the rubbish on Thursdays.
2 informal objects, papers etc that you no longer use and should throw away: I must clear some of the rubbish from my desk.
3 informal an idea, statement, etc that is rubbish is silly or wrong and does not deserve serious attention; nonsense: Oh, don't talk such rubbish! | a load of (old) rubbish: I reckon all this stuff about re-incarnation is a load of rubbish. | rubbish! spoken (=used to tell someone that what they have just said is completely wrong)
4 informal a film, book etc that is rubbish is very bad: the usual Hollywood rubbish
2 verb (T) BrE to say something is bad or useless 3 adjective BrE informal not skilful at a particular activity: They're a rubbish football team.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Rubbish — Rub bish, n. [OE. robows, robeux, rubble, originally an Old French plural from an assumed dim. of robe, probably in the sense of trash; cf. It. robaccia trash, roba stuff, goods, wares, robe. Thus, etymologically rubbish is the pl. of rubble. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rubbish — Rub bish, a. Of or pertaining to rubbish; of the quality of rubbish; trashy. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rubbish — [n1] garbage debris, dregs, dross, junk, litter, lumber, offal, refuse, rubble, rummage, scrap, sweepings, trash, waste; concept 260 Ant. possessions, property rubbish [n2] nonsense balderdash, bilge*, bunkum, drivel, gibberish, hogwash, hooey*,… …   New thesaurus

  • rubbish — (n.) c.1400, from Anglo Fr. rubouses (late 14c.), of unknown origin. Apparently somehow related to RUBBLE (Cf. rubble). The verb sense of disparage, criticize harshly is first attested 1953 in Australian and New Zealand slang …   Etymology dictionary

  • rubbish — n *refuse, waste, trash, debris, garbage, offal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • rubbish — is used in BrE to mean ‘household refuse’. The corresponding term in AmE, and in some other non British varieties, is garbage or (in some contexts) trash, and a dustbin outside Britain is a garbage can or trash can …   Modern English usage

  • rubbish — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. 1) waste material; refuse or litter. 2) unimportant or valueless material. 3) nonsense; worthless talk or ideas. ► VERB Brit. informal ▪ criticize and reject as worthless. ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal ▪ very bad …   English terms dictionary

  • rubbish — [rub′ish] n. [ME robous, robys: ult. < base of RUB] 1. any material rejected or thrown away as worthless; trash; refuse 2. worthless, foolish ideas, statements, etc.; nonsense vt. [Brit. Informal] TRASH1 (vt. 3a) rubbishy adj …   English World dictionary

  • rubbish — noun ⇨ See also ↑garbage, ↑trash 1 (esp. BrE) waste material ADJECTIVE ▪ domestic, household ▪ garden … OF RUBBISH ▪ bag …   Collocations dictionary

  • rubbish — rub|bish1 S3 [ˈrʌbıʃ] n [U] especially BrE [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: rubbous, perhaps from Old French robe; ROBE] 1.) food, paper etc that is no longer needed and has been thrown away American Equivalent: garbage American… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rubbish — 01. Nigel, can you please take the [rubbish] out? It s starting to smell. 02. The old man found some bits of fruit and uneaten food in the [rubbish]. 03. This music is absolute [rubbish]. How could anyone listen to it? 04. The man is talking… …   Grammatical examples in English