• WordNet 3.6
    • v rubbish attack strongly
    • n rubbish nonsensical talk or writing
    • n rubbish worthless material that is to be disposed of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each human generates about 3.5 pounds of rubbish a day, mostly paper.
    • a Rubbish Of or pertaining to rubbish; of the quality of rubbish; trashy.
    • n Rubbish Waste or rejected matter; anything worthless; valueless stuff; trash; especially, fragments of building materials or fallen buildings; ruins; débris. "What rubbish and what offal!""he saw the town's one half in rubbish lie."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rubbish Waste, broken, or worn-out material; useless fragments or remains collectively, especially of stone; refuse in general.
    • n rubbish Any useless or worthless stuff; that which serves no good purpose, or is fit only to be thrown away; trash; trumpery; litter: used of both material and immaterial things.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rubbish rub′ish waste matter: the fragments of ruinous buildings: any mingled mass: nonsense: trash: trumpery: litter
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  • Norman Douglas
    “A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.”
  • Mark Twain
    “He does not care for flowers. Calls them rubbish, and cannot tell one from another, and thinks it is superior to feel like that.”
  • Myrtle Barker
    Myrtle Barker
    “The idea of strictly minding our own business is moldy rubbish. Who could be so selfish?”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?”
  • William A. Orton
    William A. Orton
    “If you keep your mind sufficiently open, people will throw a lot of rubbish into it.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. robows, robeux, rubble, originally an Old French plural from an assumed dim. of robe, probably in the sense of trash; cf. It. robaccia, trash, roba, stuff, goods, wares, robe. Thus, etymologically rubbish, is the pl. of rubble,. See Robe, and cf. Rubble
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. robows, robeux—O. Fr. robeux, pl. of robel, dim. of robe, robbe, trash, whence also rubble; cf. It. roba, rubbish, spoil.


In literature:

Some rubbish before reaching the heights.
"Cupology" by Clara
Information was given to Lord Lauderdale, and the rubbish was cleared away.
"Notes and Queries, Number 208, October 22, 1853" by Various
Well, I'll have no emancipated rubbish in my house, and the consequence is I never lose a servant and I never get impudence.
"The Ghost Girl" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
I saw six bodies taken out of one pile of rubbish not eight feet square.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
There was something else on this page and this rubbish has been inserted in its place.
"The Hilltop Boys" by Cyril Burleigh
In wandering lazily through the thickness of the oak, in making roads whose rubbish serves as food.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Go on with your rubbishing nonsense!
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
However, we will hunt about among this rubbish and see if we can find some more bits of iron.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
These Italians are rubbish, at the best.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
All the rubbish and sweepings of the floors were borne out in great baskets to the courtyard.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick

In poetry:

But when the parish dustman came,
His rubbish to withdraw,
He found more dust within the heap
Than he contracted for!
"Tim Turpin" by Thomas Hood
Where mounds of rubbish, ugly pits,
And brick-fields scarred the globe;
Those wastes where desolation sits
Without her ancient robe.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
The spring-it had simply been you,
And so, to a certain extent,
The summer; but autumn-this scandalous blue
Of wallpaper? Rubbish and felt?
"The spring-it had simply been you" by Boris Pasternak
Victor walked out into the High Street,
He walked to the edge of town:
He came to the allotments and the rubbish heap
And his tears came tumbling down.
"Victor" by W H Auden
How long will you think about this painful life?
How long will you think about this harmful world?
The only thing it can take from you is your body.
Don't say all this rubbish and stop thinking.
"How Long" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Strange, that so many set their store
Not on the glorious golden ore,
But in the very worthless dross;
Their minds with heaps of rubbish filled,
To sever mental gain from loss.
"Elevated Aims" by John Bowring

In news:

BSkyB bid report ' rubbish '.
Ex-Creation Boss McGee Auctions Off ' Rubbish '.
Christmas Amidst the Rubbish In Egypt, a community of Coptic Christians may face a time of terrible testing.
The Son of No One' review: Cops and rubbish .
Sifting through ancient rubbish for archaeological gold.
'Recycling Cheerleaders' Rally for Forest Fair Rubbish .
The 9/11 conspiracy: Rubbish or reality.
Sam Presti calls Phil Jackson rumors ' rubbish '.
DISPOSING of household rubbish is not, at first glance, a task that looks amenable to high-tech solutions.
The rubbish collectors are striking over planned job cuts.
And it's stuck with the deadly rubbish for at least the next 100,000 years.
Spanish cathedral made from rubbish, built on faith .
Afridi's brother, Jamil Afridi, said that reports of his brother's support for an illegal militant group were "rubbish".
The Son of No One' review: Cops and rubbish.
Here's several titillating articles (especially if you're in the waste business) from Reuters on the growing issues and potential profitability of rubbish.

In science:

All reduced positive weights of the form χ + P ±µi , where χ > 0 is not reduced and all µi > 0 are twisting, are called rubbish weights.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
We shall draw a diagram with the set of vertices given by not reduced and rubbish weights and arrows indexed by twisting weights: an arrow µ has a tail χ1 and a head χ2 if and only if [gχ1 , gµ ] = gχ2 .
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
We shall use big Latin letters for not reduced weights, small Latin letters for rubbish weights, and numbers for twisting weights.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
The agent holding this book may well believe in page one but think that the guidelines of page three are rubbish: in particular, he considers the pattern down-up-down to correspond to no trading signal at all.
Designing agent-based market models
Harry neared the bottom of the pile of newspapers. [/Harry] [Hedwig] Hedwig made no movement as she began to flick through newspapers, throwing them into the rubbish pile one by one.
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