The difference between Garbage and Refuse

When used as nouns, garbage means the bowels of an animal, whereas refuse means collectively, items or material that have been discarded.

When used as verbs, garbage means to eviscerate, whereas refuse means to decline (a request or demand).

Refuse is also adjective with the meaning: discarded, rejected.

check bellow for the other definitions of Garbage and Refuse

  1. Garbage as a noun (obsolete):

    The bowels of an animal; refuse parts of flesh; offal.

  2. Garbage as a noun:

    Food waste material of any kind.


    "Garbage is collected on Tuesdays; rubbish on Fridays"

  3. Garbage as a noun:

    Useless or disposable material; waste material of any kind.


    "The garbage truck collects all residential municipal waste."

  4. Garbage as a noun:

    A place or receptacle for waste material.


    "He threw the newspaper into the garbage."

  5. Garbage as a noun:

    Nonsense; gibberish.

  6. Garbage as a noun (often, attributively):

    Something or someone worthless.

  1. Garbage as a verb (transitive, chiefly, US, Canada, obsolete):

    to eviscerate


    "synonyms: disemboweeviscerate gut"

  1. Refuse as an adjective:

    Discarded, rejected.

  1. Refuse as a noun:

    Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.

  1. Refuse as a verb (transitive):

    To decline (a request or demand).


    "My request for a pay rise was refused."

  2. Refuse as a verb (intransitive):

    To decline a request or demand, forbear; to withhold permission.


    "I refuse to listen to this nonsense any more."

    "I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused."

  3. Refuse as a verb (military):

    To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the centre, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular alignment when troops are about to engage the enemy.


    "to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks"

  4. Refuse as a verb (obsolete, transitive):

    To disown.

  1. Refuse as a noun (obsolete):



    "rfquotek Fairfax"

  1. Refuse as a verb:

    To melt again.