wastepaper basket

waste·pa·per bas·ket
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyst-pey-per bas-kit, bah-skit]
    • /ˈweɪstˌpeɪ pər ˈbæs kɪt, ˈbɑ skɪt/
    • /ˈweɪst.ˌpe.pə(r) ˈbɑː.skɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyst-pey-per bas-kit, bah-skit]
    • /ˈweɪstˌpeɪ pər ˈbæs kɪt, ˈbɑ skɪt/

Definitions of wastepaper basket words

  • noun wastepaper basket a standing basket for wastepaper, small items of trash, etc. 1
  • noun wastepaper basket indoor receptacle for trash 1
  • countable noun wastepaper basket A wastepaper basket is a container for rubbish, especially paper, which is usually placed on the floor in the corner of a room or next to a desk. 0

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Origin of wastepaper basket

First appearance:

before 1855
One of the 30% newest English words
First recorded in 1855-60; waste + basket

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Parts of speech for Wastepaper basket


wastepaper basket popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for wastepaper basket

noun wastepaper basket

  • ash can — a large metal barrel, can, or similar receptacle for ashes, garbage, or refuse.
  • ashcan — a large can for ashes and trash
  • dumpster — a large metal bin for refuse designed to be hoisted onto a specially equipped truck for emptying or hauling away.
  • dustbin — an ashcan; garbage can.
  • garbage can — a container, usually of metal or plastic, for the disposal of waste matter, especially kitchen refuse.

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