garbo

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See also: garbó and garbò

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From garbage +‎ -o (colloquialising suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

garbo (plural garbos)

  1. (Australia, informal) A rubbish collector.
    • 1986, Emily George, Merri Lee: A Feminist Fantasy, page 124,
      Then believe it or not, I worked for some time as a garbo, collecting the rubbish in the wee hours of the morning.
    • 1998, Hall Greenland, Red Hot: The Life & Times of Nick Origlass, 1908-1996, page 253,
      The referendum papers, accompanied by a strong statement of Council′s position, was to be letterboxed by the Council′s “garbos” (rubbish collectors) and inspectors on a Thursday and collected by volunteers over the weekend.
    • 2010, Zana Fraillon, Monstrum House: Locked In, unnumbered page,
      As far as Jasper was concerned, his mum being a garbo was pretty cool. She got to drive a truck and be home in time to take his little sisters to school. Before she got the job as a rubbish collector, his mum had done shift work and it was left to Jasper to get his sisters to school.
    • 2010, Adam Shand, The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia′s Toughest Cop, page 350,
      The priest would bring salvation while the garbo took the rubbish.

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Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Garbe or Yiddish גאַרב(garb).

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Noun[edit]

garbo (accusative singular garbon, plural garboj, accusative plural garbojn)

  1. sheaf
    • 1999, Anna Löwenstein, La ŝtona urbo (in Esperanto), Antwerp: Flandra Esperanto-Ligo, →ISBN, OCLC 46863861:
      Ni portis eksteren garbojn da pajlo kaj kovris nin per feloj, sub kiuj ni restis sufiĉe varmaj kaj sekaj.
      He carried out sheaves of straw and covered us with pelts, under which we stayed warm and dry enough.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German garwi (dress; equipment; preparation), from Proto-Germanic *garwijaną (to prepare).[1] More at garb.

Alternatively, perhaps borrowed from Arabic قَالِب(qālib, model, outline), from Persian کالب(form, mold), from Ancient Greek καλόπους (kalópous, shoemaker's block), from κᾶλον (kâlon, firewood, joiner's wood) +‎ πούς (poús, foot) in which case cognate with English galoshe.

Noun[edit]

garbo m (plural garbi)

  1. politeness, gentleness, tact, grace
    Synonyms: educazione, gentilezza, tatto, grazia
  2. graceful form
  3. (nautical) curvature of the hull
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Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

garbo

  1. first-person singular present indicative of garbare

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN, page 753

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

garbo m (plural garbos)

  1. grace, style, chic, elegance
  2. daintiness
  3. polish

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian garbo.

Noun[edit]

garbo m (plural garbos)

  1. grace
  2. style

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