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[ruhb-ish] /ˈrʌb ɪʃ/
worthless, unwanted material that is rejected or thrown out; debris; litter; trash.
nonsense, as in writing or art:
sentimental rubbish.
Origin of rubbish
1350-1400; Middle English rubbes, rob(b)ous < ?; cf. rubble
2. rot, balderdash, drivel, bosh. Unabridged
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  • Heaps of stone, bricks, and rubbish obstructed the approaches.
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  • Charging families for each bag of rubbish they produce seems environmentally sound and economically sensible.
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  • Not an entirely false statement, given that the transcript appears to be rubbish.
  • Please consult a real security expert before writing such irresponsible rubbish.
  • Indeed, the grubby courtyard next to a rubbish tip down the dirt lane housing the equipment does not inspire confidence.
  • The idea that such a broad consensus among scientists from many nations could be a conspiracy if rubbish.
  • The street is unpaved, muddy and lined with compacted rubbish.
  • Funny how they pick which bits of rubbish they follow.
British Dictionary definitions for rubbish


worthless, useless, or unwanted matter
discarded or waste matter; refuse
foolish words or speech; nonsense
(transitive) (informal) to criticize; attack verbally
Word Origin
C14 robys, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for rubbish

c.1400, robous, from Anglo-French rubouses (late 14c.), of unknown origin. No apparent cognates in Old French; apparently somehow related to rubble (see OED). Spelling with -ish is from late 15c. The verb sense of "disparage, criticize harshly" is first attested 1953 in Australian and New Zealand slang. Related: Rubbished; rubbishing.

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Something of inferior quality; nonsense (1600+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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