- rub|bish1 S3 [ˈrʌbıʃ] n [U] especially BrE[Date: 1300-1400; : Anglo-French; Origin: rubbous, perhaps from Old French robe; ROBE]1.) food, paper etc that is no longer needed and has been thrown awayAmerican Equivalent: garbageAmerican Equivalent: trash▪ a rubbish bin▪ household rubbishrubbish tip/dump(=a place to take rubbish)2.) informal objects, papers etc that you no longer use and should throw away▪ I've got so much rubbish on my desk it's unbelievable.3.) informal an idea, statement, etc that is rubbish is silly or wrong and does not deserve serious attention= ↑nonsenseAmerican Equivalent: garbage▪ You do talk rubbish sometimes.▪ That's a load of rubbish .▪ The suggestion is absolute rubbish .rubbish!spoken (=used to tell someone that what they have just said is completely wrong)4.) informal a film, book etc that is rubbish is very bad▪ the usual Hollywood rubbishrubbish 2rubbish2 v [T]BrE to say something is bad or uselessrubbish 3rubbish3 adj BrE informalnot skilful at a particular activity▪ a rubbish team
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.