Definition of dumpster in English:



North American
  • A very large container for rubbish.

    • ‘She backed away and took a seat on a pile of old boxes next to the dumpster, crossing her knees and looking completely relaxed.’
    • ‘He crouched behind a trash dumpster and waited until they left.’
    • ‘Be sure to identify where sprinkler and other underground pipes are located if the contractor is going to bring trucks or dumpsters close to the building.’
    • ‘The old neighborhood was falling apart, the paint was chipping off of the aging buildings and graffiti covered dumpsters, trash cans, benches, everything.’
    • ‘She lifted the lid of the dumpster and hurled her trash into it.’
    • ‘The man laughed and dumped some trash in the dumpster, before turning to walk away.’
    • ‘He waited, watching the guests coming and going in the front, and the busboys bringing their trash out to the large dumpsters in the back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It consisted of one mostly empty dumpster with feeble flames contesting with the northwestern drizzle.’
    • ‘She watched the other dogs eyes examine the place more, over the old chair, the fire escape, the long ago empty dumpster.’
    • ‘Adam and I were discussing their door-slamming, right before I was about to take out a bag of rubbish to the dumpster.’
    • ‘These controlled substances were found at such places as washracks, dumpsters, and building garbage containers.’
    • ‘As he approached the trash dumpster, he held the piece of wood over his head and readied himself to strike.’
    • ‘I rode into a courtyard (this too was cement) and set up my tent behind a trash dumpster.’
    • ‘There are these dumpsters by the basketball court and the swing set.’
    • ‘The part of the river we were cleaning was probably more used as a trash disposal than any dumpster was.’
    • ‘It landed in the trash dumpster in the alleyway below, scaring a cat.’
    • ‘Nowadays, those dumpsters contain something far more valuable: hard drives.’
    • ‘Abstract graffiti, lush in color and design, covered nearly every inch of the green dumpsters that were lined up neatly in a corner of a loading bay.’
    • ‘Last year, Winnipeg's Wolseley neighbourhood was blocked off with dumpsters and cars to keep fogging trucks out.’
    • ‘Fred threw a box of rubbish from the van in a dumpster when we stopped.’
    • ‘Eventually all life in the tank ceased and we threw it into a dumpster with immense relief.’
    • ‘According to the new rules the bin lid must be closed when the dumpster has been set out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two teens chuckled as they deposited the trash in the green dumpster and headed back to their families.’
    • ‘And we're told it's either in these spots right here or on the other side of that dumpster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have a common trash dumpster in the back of our building so that residents of the building can throw their trash away.’
    • ‘Kyle's bag was one he'd found in a dumpster, ran through the wash, and duck taped back together.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the bags of shredded papers had filled the dumpster to break her fall.’
    • ‘A small, ratty man in a white smock and hair net was dragging an overly-stuffed bag of trash toward one of the dumpsters.’
    • ‘They finished it in a minute, and then threw it into the dumpster with the other bottle.’
    • ‘He lifted up a panel in the trunk, and dumped several unmarked boxes into a dumpster.’
    • ‘He'd only been in Los Angeles a month and he was already horribly low on cash, living out of his car, and thriving on trash from fast food restaurant dumpsters.’
    • ‘We also put out some boxes for you in a dumpster at the end of the street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was populated by festering drifts of trash, with large dumpsters rising out of the junk like weird islands, and a few old-fashioned tin trashcans here and there.’
    • ‘Two men in the full regalia come stampeding through the obstacle course of dumpsters and cardboard box mansions.’


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