rubbish Definition

  • 1waste material; refuse or litter
  • 2foolish or worthless talk, ideas, or objects

Using rubbish: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rubbish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The streets were littered with rubbish after the parade.

  • Example

    He talked a lot of rubbish about his achievements.

  • Example

    I need to clear out all this rubbish from my closet.

  • Example

    Don't believe that rubbish he's telling you.

rubbish Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for rubbish

Antonyms for rubbish

  • valuables
  • treasures

Idioms Using rubbish

  • what one person considers worthless may be considered valuable by someone else


    She found an old painting in the rubbish bin and sold it for thousands of dollars. One man's rubbish is another man's treasure.

  • a computer programming concept that means if you put bad data into a system, you will get bad results


    The program gave incorrect results because the data entered was wrong. Rubbish in, rubbish out.

  • a pile of waste material


    The rubbish heap behind the building was starting to smell.

Phrases with rubbish

  • to remove waste material from a place


    Please take out the rubbish before you leave.

  • talk rubbish

    to say foolish or untrue things


    He was talking rubbish when he said he had won a gold medal.

  • a container for holding waste material


    Put the empty cans in the rubbish bin.

Origins of rubbish

from Middle English 'robous', meaning 'rubble'


Summary: rubbish in Brief

The term 'rubbish' [ˈrʌbɪʃ] refers to waste material or litter, as well as foolish or worthless talk, ideas, or objects. It can be used in phrases like 'take out the rubbish' and 'talk rubbish,' and idioms like 'one man's rubbish is another man's treasure,' which means what one person considers worthless may be considered valuable by someone else.

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