Synonyms of rubbish in English:


See US English definition of rubbish

See UK English definition of rubbish

See Spanish definition of basura


1‘a more environmentally friendly way of disposing of rubbish’

refuse, waste, garbage, litter, discarded matter, debris, detritus, scrap, dross
flotsam and jetsam, lumber
sweepings, leavings, leftovers, scraps, dregs, offscourings, odds and ends
North American trash
Australian, New Zealand mullock
informal dreck, junk
British informal grot, gash
rare draff, raffle, raff, cultch, orts

2‘she's talking a load of rubbish’

nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshine
informal hogwash, baloney, tripe, drivel, bilge, bosh, bull, bunk, rot, hot air, eyewash, piffle, poppycock, phooey, hooey, malarkey, twaddle, guff, dribble
British informal codswallop, cock, cobblers, stuff and nonsense, tosh, taradiddle, cack
Scottish, Northern English informal havers
Irish informal codology
North American informal garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce, dookie, bellywash
informal, dated bunkum, tommyrot, cod, gammon, toffee
vulgar slang shit, crap, bullshit, balls
North American vulgar slang crapola
Australian, New Zealand vulgar slang bulldust



1‘he seems to spend a lot of his time rubbishing trade unions’

criticize, find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambast, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
North American slur
informal knock, pan, slam, hammer, blast, bad-mouth, nitpick about, throw brickbats at, give flak to, lay into, lace into, pull to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, hit out at, maul, savage, roast, skewer, crucify
British informal slag off, have a go at, give some stick to, monster, slate
North American informal pummel, cut up, trash, bag on
Australian, New Zealand informal bag
Australian informal sledge
dated rate
archaic slash, vituperate against, reprobate
rare animadvert on, objurgate, excoriate, asperse, derogate, reprehend

praise, approve of


1‘they're a rubbish team’

very bad, very poor, awful, terrible, dreadful, appalling, frightful, atrocious, inferior, incompetent, inadequate, ineffective, hopeless
pathetic, useless, lousy, rotten, a dead loss, abysmal, dire
British duff, a load of pants, unable to do something for toffee, unable to do something to save one's life