Meaning of “rubbish” in the English Dictionary

"rubbish" in British English

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rubbishnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ us /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/

B1 UK US garbage, trash waste material or things that are no longer wanted or needed:

I forgot to put the rubbish out this morning.
Put the empty box in the rubbish bin.
Take the old furniture to the rubbish dump.

B2 informal something that you think is very low quality or not true:

The film was rubbish.
His ideas are a load of (old) rubbish.

More examples

  • Residents have called for a clean-up campaign to keep their streets free from rubbish.
  • It's a shame that such a beautiful area has been defiled by a rubbish dump.
  • He made a rather half-hearted attempt to clear up the rubbish.
  • Look at all this rubbish on the floor.
  • Tie up the top of the bag so the rubbish doesn't fall out.

rubbishverb [ T ]

uk /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ us /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ UK informal

rubbishadjective

uk /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ us /ˈrʌb.ɪʃ/ UK informal

(Definition of “rubbish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rubbish" in American English

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rubbishnoun [ U ]

us /ˈrʌb·ɪʃ/

worthless and unwanted things or ideas; garbage:

All that was left of the property was a pile of rubbish nine feet high.
I can’t believe they broadcast such rubbish.

(Definition of “rubbish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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