An example of garbage is a plate of rotting food.
Tossed the apple core into the garbage.
Origin of garbage
- Middle English offal from fowls
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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