garbage

garbage

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English

Alternative forms

  • garbidge (obsolete or eye dialect)

Etymology

From Middle English [Term?] (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

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑɹbɪd͡ʒ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑːbɪd͡ʒ/
  • (US, humorous, imitating the French pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɡɑ(ɹ)ˈbɑːʒ/
  • Hyphenation: gar‧bage

Noun

garbage (uncountable) (chiefly US, Canada)

  1. (obsolete) The bowels of an animal; refuse parts of flesh; offal.
  2. Food waste material of any kind.
    Garbage is collected on Tuesdays; rubbish on Fridays
  3. Useless or disposable material; waste material of any kind.
    The garbage truck collects all residential municipal waste.
  4. A place or receptacle for waste material.
    He threw the newspaper into the garbage.
  5. Nonsense; gibberish.
  6. (often attributively) Something or someone worthless.

Synonyms

  • junk, refuse, rubbish, trash, waste
  • See also Thesaurus:trash

Antonyms

  • artifact, asset, catch, find, prize, recyclable, resource, treasure, valuable

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

garbage (third-person singular simple present garbages, present participle garbaging, simple past and past participle garbaged)

  1. (transitive, chiefly US, Canada, obsolete) to eviscerate
    • 1674, John Josselyn, Two Voyages to New England, Made During the Years 1638-63 (quoted in William Butts Mershon, The Passenger Pigeon, 1907, The Outing Publishing Company):
      I have bought at Boston a dozen Pidgeons ready pulled and garbidged for three pence.
    Synonyms: disembowel, eviscerate, gut

See also

  • Wikipedia article on garbage

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