wastebasket

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compound of waste + basket.

Noun[edit]

wastebasket ‎(plural wastebaskets)

  1. A receptacle for items that are to be discarded; a rubbish bin; a garbage can. Usually small and used indoors.

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Verb[edit]

wastebasket ‎(third-person singular simple present wastebaskets, present participle wastebasketing, simple past and past participle wastebasketed)

  1. (transitive) To discard in a wastebasket.
    • ante 1924 (posthumous, died 1910): Mark Twain, Autobiography
      I was aweary, aweary, and I put it in the waste basket. Ten days later the bill came again, and with it a shadowy threat. I waste-basketed it.

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