Definition of wastebasket in US English:

wastebasket

noun

North American
  • A receptacle for small quantities of trash.

    • ‘Back in the early eighties, one of the maintenance employees asked if I knew how much it cost to line every wastebasket with a plastic bag: $1,200 a year.’
    • ‘A hand reached out awkwardly, bumping her elbow against the roll of toilet paper hanging above a plastic green wastebasket.’
    • ‘He indicated the photo of a really cute guy that was resting at the bottom of her stained glass wastebasket.’
    • ‘I slipped off my newer skirt and threw it in the laundry basket opposite the wastebasket and began to unbutton my blouse.’
    • ‘Glaring at the milk carton Mercy threw the soaked towel of milk into the green tin wastebasket.’
    • ‘Hey, if you need, that wastebasket makes for a handy bucket, you know.’
    • ‘Drifts of paper - treaty drafts, industry talking points, environmentalist press releases - overflowed every wastebasket.’
    • ‘The student had her own desk and computer and wastebasket, which they emptied.’
    • ‘I sighed, dropped the bag into the wastebasket, and tapped my fingers against the marble counter.’
    • ‘Brushing crumbs into a wastebasket, Sean started to brew a fresh pot.’
    • ‘He bent over to grab the brown metal wastebasket and brandish it like a shield, making her laugh.’
    • ‘But I do what I can with the plastic by reusing plastic bags to line the wastebasket and by saving plastic containers for other uses.’
    • ‘Simon left, glancing one more time at his discarded cigar in Jim's wastebasket.’
    • ‘The test tube still lay on the edge of the sink; she wrapped it and its box in paper towels and unceremoniously chucked them into the wastebasket.’
    • ‘The final section of the show featured a miniature artist's office, with file cabinet, worktable, chair and wastebasket all set out on a funky full-sized work table.’
    • ‘After eating her bedtime snack, she put her spoon and glass in the sink that had her dinner dishes, and the empty yogurt container in a nearby wastebasket.’
    • ‘As Writer #5 watches, Lionel takes the writer's wastebasket, empties it out over his desk, tosses the script in the basket and douses it with gasoline.’
    • ‘Right on the floor by the exit was a small blue wastebasket.’
    • ‘She took my plate and scraped the food into my wastebasket.’
    • ‘First, she lines the bottom of a rectangular plastic wastebasket with several thicknesses of black and white newspaper.’

Pronunciation

wastebasket

/ˈweɪs(t)ˌbæskət//ˈwās(t)ˌbaskət/