- The definition of garbage is waste to be thrown out, or anything worthless or offensive.
An example of garbage is a plate of rotting food.
Piles of garbage.
- spoiled or waste food that is thrown away
- any worthless, unnecessary, or offensive matter: literary garbage
Origin of garbageMiddle English entrails of fowls ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a. Food wastes, as from a kitchen.b. Refuse; trash.
- A place or receptacle where rubbish is discarded: tossed the apple core into the garbage.
- a. Worthless or nonsensical matter; rubbish: Their advice turned out to be nothing but garbage.b. Inferior or offensive literary or artistic material.
Origin of garbageMiddle English, offal from fowls.
(third-person singular simple present garbages, present participle garbaging, simple past and past participle garbaged)
- (obsolete) To eviscerate.
This word is chiefly US.
Middle English "the offal of a fowl, giblets, kitchen waste", originally "refuse, what is purged away" from Old French garber "to refine, make neat or clean", of Germanic origin, akin to Old High German garawan "to prepare, make ready", Old English ġearwian (“to make ready, adorn”). More at garb, yare, gear