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From 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



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.
    • 2009, David R. Portney, 129 More Seminar Speaking Success Tips, ISBN 9780967851488, p. 8:
      Forget about that garbage advice to “act natural”.



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

  1. (transitive, 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.


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