garbage


garbage
garbage early 15c., "giblets of a fowl, waste parts of an animal," later confused with GARBLE (Cf. garble) in its sense of "siftings, refuse." Perhaps some senses derive from O.Fr. garbe "a bundle of sheaves, entrails," from P.Gmc. *garba- (Cf. Du. garf, Ger. garbe "sheaf"), from PIE *ghrebh- "a handful, a grasp." Sense of "refuse, filth" is first attested 1580s; used figuratively for "worthless stuff" from 1590s. Garbology "study of waste as a social science" is from 1976.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(of flesh),


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