Litter vs. Rubbish

Litter vs. Rubbish — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Litter and Rubbish

Litternoun

Carelessly discarded refuse, such as wastepaper

the litter in the streets after a parade.

Rubbishnoun

Refuse; garbage.

Litternoun

A disorderly accumulation of objects; a pile. “An iron washstand [stood] in the corner amidst a litter of soap and soiled towels” (Molly Gloss).

Rubbishnoun

Worthless material.

Litternoun

The group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal.

Rubbishnoun

Foolish discourse; nonsense.

Litternoun

Material, such as straw, used as bedding for animals.

Rubbishnoun

Garbage, junk, refuse, trash, waste.

The rubbish is collected every Thursday in Gloucester, but on Wednesdays in Cheltenham.

Litternoun

An absorbent material for covering the floor of an animal's cage or litterbox.

Rubbishnoun

Items of low quality.

Much of what they sell is rubbish.

Litternoun

An enclosed or curtained couch mounted on shafts and used to carry a single passenger.

Rubbishnoun

Nonsense.

Everything the teacher said during that lesson was rubbish. How can she possibly think that a bass viol and a cello are the same thing?

Litternoun

A flat supporting framework, such as a piece of canvas stretched between parallel shafts, for carrying a disabled or dead person; a stretcher.

Rubbishnoun

(archaic) Debris or ruins of buildings.

Litternoun

Fallen leaves and other decaying organic matter that make up the top layer of a forest floor.

Rubbishadjective

Exceedingly bad; awful.

This has been a rubbish day, and it’s about to get worse: my mother-in-law is coming to stay.

Litterverb

To give birth to (a litter).

Rubbishinterjection

Used to express that something is exceedingly bad, awful, or terrible.

The one day I actually practice my violin, the teacher cancels the lesson.
Aw, rubbish! Though at least this means you have time to play football.

Litterverb

To make untidy by discarding rubbish carelessly

Someone had littered the beach with food wrappers.

Rubbishinterjection

Used to express that what was recently said is nonsense or untrue; balderdash!, nonsense!

Rubbish! I did nothing of the sort!

Litterverb

To scatter about

littered towels all over the locker room.

Rubbishverb

To criticize, to denigrate, to denounce, to disparage.

Litterverb

To be scattered about (an area)

“A lot of torn envelopes and open letters littered his bed” (Joseph Conrad).

Rubbishnoun

worthless material that is to be disposed of

Litterverb

To include certain items such as expressions throughout (a speech or piece of writing, for example)

littered his letters with the names of powerful friends.

Rubbishnoun

nonsensical talk or writing

Litterverb

(Archaic) To supply (animals) with litter for bedding or floor covering.

Rubbishverb

attack strongly

Litterverb

To give birth to a litter.

Litterverb

To scatter litter.

Litternoun

(countable) A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.

Litternoun

The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.

Litternoun

(uncountable) Material used as bedding for animals.

Litternoun

(uncountable) Collectively, items discarded on the ground.

Litternoun

(uncountable) Absorbent material used in an animal's litter tray

Litternoun

(uncountable) Layer of fallen leaves and similar organic matter in a forest floor.

Litternoun

A covering of straw for plants.

Litterverb

(intransitive) To drop or throw trash without properly disposing of it (as discarding in public areas rather than trash receptacles).

Litterverb

(transitive) To scatter carelessly about.

Litterverb

(transitive) To strew (a place) with scattered articles.

Litterverb

(transitive) To give birth to, used of animals.

Litterverb

(intransitive) To produce a litter of young.

Litterverb

(transitive) To supply (cattle etc.) with litter; to cover with litter, as the floor of a stall.

Litterverb

(intransitive) To be supplied with litter as bedding; to sleep or make one's bed in litter.

Litternoun

the offspring at one birth of a multiparous mammal

Litternoun

rubbish carelessly dropped or left about (especially in public places)

Litternoun

conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles by bearers

Litternoun

material used to provide a bed for animals

Litterverb

strew;

Cigar butts littered the ground

Litterverb

make a place messy by strewing garbage around

Litterverb

give birth to a litter of animals