thrash

verb
\ ˈthrash How to pronounce thrash (audio) \
thrashed; thrashing; thrashes

Definition of thrash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to beat soundly with or as if with a stick or whip : flog
b : to defeat decisively or severely thrashed the visiting team
2 : to swing, beat, or strike in the manner of a rapidly moving flail thrashing his arms
3a : to go over again and again thrash the matter over inconclusively
b : to hammer out : forge thrash out a plan
4 : to separate the seeds of from the husks and straw by beating : thresh sense 1

intransitive verb

1 : to move or stir about violently : toss about thrash in bed with a fever
2 : to deal blows or strokes like one using a flail or whip

thrash

noun

Definition of thrash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of thrashing
2 : rock music (such as heavy metal or punk rock) that is extremely fast and loud

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for thrash

Verb

swing, wave, flourish, brandish, thrash mean to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down. swing implies regular or uniform movement. swing the rope back and forth wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion. waving the flag flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement. flourished the winning lottery ticket brandish implies threatening or menacing motion. brandishing a knife thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement. an infant thrashing his arms about

Examples of thrash in a Sentence

Verb

He thrashed me with his belt. The team thrashed them last week. Something was thrashing wildly in the water. She thrashed around in her sleep.

Noun

The shark swam away with a thrash of its tail.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With LanCaster losing consciousness in the dwindling oxygen supply and getting thrashed by fierce winds, the crew feared the worst outcome. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 There are two CubeSats because the shape of the InSight antenna leaves a dead zone that might hamper the communication between just one, especially if the lander is thrashing around during the entry. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Small CubeSat Became the Unlikely Hero of the InSight Landing," 29 Nov. 2018 The 23-year-old has hit incredible form, netting 18 goals and contributing 15 assists in the league, thrashing his stats from any previous season. SI.com, "Manchester City vs Brighton Preview: Previous Encounters, Key Battle, Team News & More," 8 May 2018 The older boy, then 9, acted rationally, but the youngest screamed and thrashed, Campbell said. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons," 25 Jan. 2014 Banega had not started either of Argentina's previous two matches in the tournament, watching from the sidelines as his country drew 1-1 with Iceland before being thrashed 3-0 by Croatia. SI.com, "'I Can See Why Emery Wants Him': Arsenal Fans React on Twitter to Links With Argentina Midfielder," 28 June 2018 That run to the final proved to be the beginning of the end for Klopp's great Dortmund side that had won two Bundesliga titles and thrashed Bayern 5-2 in the 2012 German Cup final - the only final success of his career. Kieran Canning, chicagotribune.com, "Klopp looks to end finals drought with Champions League victory," 25 May 2018 After all, Liverpool crushed FC Porto away from home, thrashed Manchester City at home and neutralised them at the Etihad, and put a staggering seven goals past AS Roma - the same side which had eliminated the mighty Barcelona. SI.com, "FanView: Why Neither of This Year's UCL Finalists Deserves to Be There & Why They Shouldn't Care," 3 May 2018 The 21-year-old winger recently scored twice as Liverpool thrashed non-league outfit Chester 7-0 in their opening pre-season friendly last week. SI.com, "Liverpool Youngster Set to Earn New Contract After Impressing Jurgen Klopp in Pre-Season," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Slayer’s grizzled lead vocalist and bassist asserted his laryngeal dominance over some 14,000 fans at the Austin360 Amphitheater on Wednesday night (June 20), the final stop on the first leg of the thrash titans’ hefty farewell tour. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "Slayer Close Out First Leg of Farewell Tour with Blistering, Career-Spanning Austin Performance," 21 June 2018 His first band to achieve commercial success, Pantera, practically established the groove metal subgenre with 1990’s Cowboys From Hell, which at its core meant taking thrash metal rhythms and playing them midtempo. Bram Teitelman, Billboard, "10 of Vinnie Paul's Hardest-Rocking Songs, From Pantera's Picks to Hellyeah's Hits," 23 June 2018 Primus and Mastodon are both bands that come from the world of heavy metal but resist categorization: The former blends it with prog rock and funk; the latter skews toward thrash and hard core. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 31 May 2018 Both of those publications were fairly white and suburban; their music tastes were punk rock leaning into thrash metal. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Public Enemy Talks 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' on Its 30th Anniversary," 30 June 2018 And the Charlotte stop of thrash-metal legend Slayer’s Final Tour fell squarely in the latter column last Thursday at PNC Music Pavilion. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "More an event than an everyday concert, Slayer’s Final Tour roars through Charlotte," 18 June 2018 Then there’s 60-year-old R&B singer Anita Baker, the 37-year-old thrash-metal band Slayer, whose farewell tour kicks off Thursday at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, and more. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Coda? Elton John, Slayer, Joan Baez, Paul Simon, Ozzy Osbourne head growing list of 2018 farewell tours," 5 May 2018 Members of the Native Howl, from Leonard in northeast Oakland County, blend the precision and melodicism of bluegrass with the intense tempo and energy of thrash metal. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Magic Bag hosts Native Howl, Gasoline Gypsies; War & Treaty at Otus Supply," 31 May 2018 Some — many — would say that Slayer is the greatest thrash-metal band ever. John Adamian, courant.com, "Slayer's Farewell Tour At Mohegan Sun," 26 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'thrash.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of thrash

Verb

1568, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Noun

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thrash

Verb

alteration of thresh

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about thrash

Statistics for thrash

Last Updated

21 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for thrash

The first known use of thrash was in 1568

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for thrash

thrash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thrash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit (someone or something) very hard with a stick, whip, etc.
informal : to defeat (someone or something) very easily or completely
: to move about violently

thrash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thrash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a type of rock music that is very fast and loud
: a violent movement
British, informal + old-fashioned : a party with loud music and dancing

thrash

verb
\ ˈthrash How to pronounce thrash (audio) \
thrashed; thrashing

Kids Definition of thrash

1 : to beat very hard
2 : to move about violently Something was thrashing wildly in the brush.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on thrash

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with thrash

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for thrash

Spanish Central: Translation of thrash

Nglish: Translation of thrash for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of thrash for Arabic Speakers

Comments on thrash

What made you want to look up thrash? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an act or instance of returning to life

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!