garbo (plural garbos)
- (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.
garbo (accusative singular garbon, plural garboj, accusative plural garbojn)
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.
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.
- First-person singular present tense of garbare
garbo m (plural garbi)
- politeness, gentleness, tact, grace
- graceful form
- (nautical) curvature of the hull