Rub"bish (?), n. [OE. robows, robeux, rubble, originally an Old French plural from an assumed dim. of robe, probably in the sense of trash; cf. It. robaccia trash, roba stuff, goods, wares, robe. Thus, etymologically rubbish is the pl. of rubble. See Robe, and cf. Rubble.]

Waste or rejected matter; anything worthless; valueless stuff; trash; especially, fragments of building materials or fallen buildings; ruins; d'ebris.

What rubbish and what offal! Shak.

he saw the town's one half in rubbish lie. Dryden.

Rubbish pulley. See Gin block, under Gin.


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Rub"bish (?), a.

Of or pertaining to rubbish; of the quality of rubbish; trashy.

De Quincey.


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