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garbo

garbo

See also: garbó and garbò

English

Noun

garbo (plural garbos)

  1. (Australia, informal) A rubbish collector.
    • 1986, Emily George, Merri Lee: A Feminist Fantasy, page 124,
      Then believe it or not, I worked for some time as a garbo, collecting the rubbish in the wee hours of the morning.
    • 1998, Hall Greenland, Red Hot: The Life & Times of Nick Origlass, 1908-1996, page 253,
      The referendum papers, accompanied by a strong statement of Council′s position, was to be letterboxed by the Council′s “garbos” (rubbish collectors) and inspectors on a Thursday and collected by volunteers over the weekend.
    • 2010, Zana Fraillon, Monstrum House: Locked In, unnumbered page,
      As far as Jasper was concerned, his mum being a garbo was pretty cool. She got to drive a truck and be home in time to take his little sisters to school. Before she got the job as a rubbish collector, his mum had done shift work and it was left to Jasper to get his sisters to school.
    • 2010, Adam Shand, The Skull: Informers, Hit Men and Australia′s Toughest Cop, page 350,
      The priest would bring salvation while the garbo took the rubbish.

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Esperanto

Noun

garbo (accusative singular garbon, plural garboj, accusative plural garbojn)

  1. sheaf
    • 1999, Anna Löwenstein, La ŝtona urbo, Antwerp: Flandra Esperanto-Ligo, ISBN 9789071205774, OCLC 46863861:
      Ni portis eksteren garbojn da pajlo kaj kovris nin per feloj, sub kiuj ni restis sufiĉe varmaj kaj sekaj.
      He carried out sheaves of straw and covered us with pelts, under which we stayed warm and dry enough.

Derived terms

  • garbaro (group of sheaves, shock)
  • garbejo (granary)
  • garbigi (to bind into sheaves)

Italian

Etymology

Perhaps a borrowing from Arabic قَالِب (qālib, model, outline), from Persian کالب (form, mold), from Ancient Greek καλόπους (kalópous, shoemaker's block), from κᾶλον (kâlon, firewood, joiner's wood) + πους (pous, foot) in which case cognate with English galoshe.

Verb

garbo

  1. First-person singular present tense of garbare

Noun

garbo m (plural garbi)

  1. politeness, gentleness, tact, grace
  2. graceful form
  3. (nautical) curvature of the hull

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Portuguese

Noun

garbo m (plural garbos)

  1. grace, style, chic, elegance
  2. daintiness
  3. polish

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Spanish

Etymology

A borrowing from Italian garbo.

Noun

garbo m (plural garbos)

  1. grace
  2. style

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