• (America) IPA: /ˈɡɑɹbɪd͡ʒ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɡɑːbɪd͡ʒ/
  • (America, humorous, imitating the French pronunciation) IPA: /ɡɑ(ɹ)ˈbɑːʒ/

garbage (uncountable) (chiefly, US, Canada, Australia)

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

garbage (not comparable)

  1. (informal) bad, crap, shitty
    He gave me some pretty garbage advice last night.

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