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"Garbage" is a noun which is often translated as "la basura", and "rubbish" is a noun which is also often translated as "la basura". Learn more about the difference between "garbage" and "rubbish" below.
garbage(
gar
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bihj
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (refuse)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la basura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Would you mind leaving the garbage out at the curb for pickup?¿Te importaría dejar la basura en el bordillo para que la recojan?
b. los desechos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Composting is a way to convert organic garbage into something useful.El compostaje es una buena manera de convertir los desechos orgánicos en algo útil.
2. (worthless things)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la porquería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The movie is garbage compared to the book.La película es una porquería en comparación con el libro.
b. los disparates
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The managers were talking garbage about their employees' work.Los gerentes estaban diciendo disparates sobre el trabajo de sus empleados.
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rubbish(
ruh
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bihsh
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (something worthless)
a. la basura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You don't feel well because you went to that fast food restaurant and ate all that rubbish.No te sientes bien porque fuiste a ese restaurante de comida rápida y comiste toda esa basura.
b. la porquería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I really loved the book! - Oh please. It was utter rubbish.¡Me encantó el libro! - Ay, por favor. Es una verdadera porquería.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(nonsense)
a. las tonterías
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I didn't eat the last cookie. - Don't you give me that rubbish. I know it was you.Yo no me comí la última galleta. - No me vengas con tonterías. Sé que fuiste tú.
b. las chorradas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Lauren was trying to get to know him, but he talked about nothing but rubbish.Lauren intentaba conocerlo, pero él no habló de nada más que chorradas.
c. las estupideces
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I didn't expect to listen to so much rubbish at the talk.No esperaba oír tantas estupideces en la plática.
3. (garbage) (United Kingdom)
a. la basura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There was rubbish strewn about the yard the day after the party.Había basura por todo el jardín el día después de la fiesta.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to criticize) (United Kingdom)
a. poner por los suelos
One of my classmates stood up in the middle of my presentation and began rubbishing my ideas.Uno de mis compañeros se levantó en medio de mi presentación y puso mis ideas por los suelos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(very bad) (United Kingdom)
a. pésimo
I'm rubbish at physics. Can you help me study?Soy pésima en física. ¿Puedes ayudarme a estudiar?
6. (related to garbage) (United Kingdom)
a. de basura
There's not a single rubbish bin at the airport.No hay ni un cubo de basura en el aeropuerto.
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