Definition of dumpster in English:



  • A very large container for rubbish; a skip.

    • ‘Two men in the full regalia come stampeding through the obstacle course of dumpsters and cardboard box mansions.’
    • ‘Adam and I were discussing their door-slamming, right before I was about to take out a bag of rubbish to the dumpster.’
    • ‘According to the new rules the bin lid must be closed when the dumpster has been set out.’
    • ‘I hopped over a few cardboard boxes and leaped up onto a couple of dumpsters, walking on top of them and then jumping back down just for the fun of it.’
    • ‘Fred threw a box of rubbish from the van in a dumpster when we stopped.’
    • ‘They finished it in a minute, and then threw it into the dumpster with the other bottle.’
    • ‘Kyle's bag was one he'd found in a dumpster, ran through the wash, and duck taped back together.’
    • ‘We also put out some boxes for you in a dumpster at the end of the street.’
    • ‘Nowadays, those dumpsters contain something far more valuable: hard drives.’
    • ‘Wallace has found his images in dumpsters and recycling bins, or friends who knew he was actively collecting photographic discards had given them to him.’
    • ‘He lifted up a panel in the trunk, and dumped several unmarked boxes into a dumpster.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the bags of shredded papers had filled the dumpster to break her fall.’
    • ‘When he's in that T-shirt, as well as a wig and lots of black leather, he likes to hide behind cars and dumpsters and then jump out right in front of unsuspecting pedestrians, preferably vulnerable females ones.’
    • ‘After the fiery speeches were over, many protesters marched to major intersections in the city to construct road blockades out of rocks, tires, dumpsters, and bonfires.’
    • ‘There are these dumpsters by the basketball court and the swing set.’
    • ‘As if this crime-magnet isn't bad enough, the homeless have repurposed the collection boxes for their own uses - as dumpsters and semi-private urinals.’
    • ‘Eventually all life in the tank ceased and we threw it into a dumpster with immense relief.’
    • ‘She backed away and took a seat on a pile of old boxes next to the dumpster, crossing her knees and looking completely relaxed.’
    • ‘Dad came out of the house with garbage and walked past, carrying the white bag a good twenty feet to heave it into the dumpster.’
    • ‘These controlled substances were found at such places as washracks, dumpsters, and building garbage containers.’


1930s: originally Dempster Dumpster, proprietary name (based on dump) given by the American manufacturers, Dempster Brothers of Knoxville, Tennessee.