garbage

[gahr-bij]
noun
1.
discarded animal and vegetable matter, as from a kitchen; refuse.
2.
any matter that is no longer wanted or needed; trash.
3.
anything that is contemptibly worthless, inferior, or vile: There's nothing but garbage on TV tonight.
4.
worthless talk; lies; foolishness.
5.
Slang. any unnecessary item added to something else, as for appearance only; garnish: I'll have an Old Fashioned, but without the garbage.
6.
useless artificial satellites or parts of rockets floating in space, as satellites that are no longer transmitting information or rocket boosters jettisoned in flight.
7.
Computers. meaningless or unwanted data: That program was not properly debugged and produced nothing but garbage.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English: discarded parts of butchered fowls; compared with garbelage the removal of waste from spices (< Anglo-French, Old French; see garble, -age) or Old French garbage tax on sheaves of grain, though shift of sense, and form in first case, is unclear


2. litter, refuse, junk, rubbish.
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garbage (ˈɡɑːbɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
2.  Also called: rubbish discarded or waste matter; refuse
3.  computing invalid data
4.  informal nonsense
 
[C15: probably from Anglo-French garbelage removal of discarded matter, of uncertain origin; compare Old Italian garbuglio confusion]

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Word Origin & History

garbage
1422, originally "giblets of a fowl, waste parts of an animal," later confused with garble in its sense of "siftings, refuse." Many M.E. cookery terms came from Anglo-Fr., so perhaps it is related to O.Fr. jarbage "a bundle of sheaves, entrails," from P.Gmc. *garba-, from PIE *ghrebh- "a handful, a grasp."
Sense of "refuse" is first attested 1583. Garbology "study of waste as a social science" is from 1976.
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Slang Dictionary

garbage definition


  1. n.
    nonsense; gibberish. : He's just talking garbage.
  2. n.
    jumbled computer code. : All I get is garbage on the screen.
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Example sentences
Even in the neighborhood where people pick up litter every day, they still have
  to pay someone to haul off the garbage.
Shortly after that, tear it up and through it in the garbage.
Garbage in, garbage out: dustmen make the best forecasts.
Last year, they also went to art exhibits in both cities, where live maps
  revealed the many paths garbage takes.
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