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[weyst-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈweɪstˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc.
Also called wastepaper basket.
Origin of wastebasket
1855-60; waste + basket Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for wastebasket
  • The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.
  • Your office mate whistles and leaves half-eaten food in the wastebasket.
  • Their wastebasket contained several scraps of crumpled paper covered with smudged images of copies that hadn't turned out well.
  • In a wastebasket beside the sink, there is one of those amber bottles in which oversweet and low-priced wine is sold.
  • He asked if students wanted papers returned, and if they hesitated he swept the papers into the wastebasket.
  • Striding to the pulpit, he fished one of the opened envelopes out of a wastebasket and accused the preacher of cheating.
  • His arms loaded, he dumped the stuff in a wastebasket, and then stood staring down at the dIsorderly heap.
  • The couch had body-length indentations in its cushions, and soft-drink cans and coffee cups were spilling out of the wastebasket.
  • The letter would be thrown into the wastebasket, where it belonged.
  • My parents came upstairs and were able to put out the fire before it spread anywhere and even the wastebasket was saved.
British Dictionary definitions for wastebasket


an open receptacle for paper and other dry litter Also called (esp in Britain) wastepaper basket
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