Garbage Definition

Things or something thrown away, specif. spoiled or waste food.
Webster's New World
Refuse; trash.
American Heritage
A place or receptacle where rubbish is discarded.
Tossed the apple core into the garbage.
American Heritage
Any worthless, unnecessary, or offensive matter.
Literary garbage.
Webster's New World
Inferior or offensive literary or artistic material.
American Heritage

(obsolete) To eviscerate.


Origin of Garbage

  • 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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English offal from fowls

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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