Definition of rubbish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rubbish

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrʌbɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌbɪʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rubbish
BrE BrE//ˈrʌbɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌbɪʃ//
 
he / she / it rubbishes
BrE BrE//ˈrʌbɪʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌbɪʃɪz//
 
past simple rubbished
BrE BrE//ˈrʌbɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌbɪʃt//
 
past participle rubbished
BrE BrE//ˈrʌbɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌbɪʃt//
 
-ing form rubbishing
BrE BrE//ˈrʌbɪʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌbɪʃɪŋ//
 
 
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(British English, informal) (North American English trash) rubbish somebody/something to criticize somebody/something severely or treat them as though they are of no value The book was rubbished by the critics. He rubbished all my ideas, saying they were impractical. Word Origin late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French rubbous; perhaps related to Old French robe ‘spoils’; compare with rubble. The change in the ending was due to association with -ish. The verb (1950s) was originally Australian and New Zealand slang.