\ 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



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

Choose the Right Synonym for thrash


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sharks thrash about in the turbid water between us and the man. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Hoping to avoid that fate, the league set a 5 p.m. Eastern deadline on Tuesday to thrash out an agreement. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2022 With more money to buy and sell highly skilled players, teams at the top of the league can more reliably thrash their underfunded competitors who can’t afford to stack their roster. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 22 Mar. 2022 The venue’s roster of upcoming concerts includes a variety of hip-hop, folk-punk, death metal and thrash bands. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 4 Feb. 2022 But even as the two sides potentially prepare to thrash out everything from U.S. sanctions to Iran’s uranium enrichment, at least one key issue has been left off the nuclear negotiating table: the fate of four U.S. citizens being held in Iran. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 In reality, much heavy lifting has happened in advance of the conference, say experts on climate diplomacy, so that negotiators can close the gap on what remains to thrash out. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Oct. 2021 The metro Atlanta area will enjoy a beautiful weekend of typical late-summer weather as Hurricane Ida makes landfall, where experts expect the strong storm to thrash the Gulf Coast. Henri Hollis, ajc, 28 Aug. 2021 DiDio, guitarist Jeremy Martin, bassist Jon Lhaubouet, sampler Benno Levine and drummer Matt Woods—light a four city-block fire and thrash around in the middle of it. Jason Pettigrew, SPIN, 5 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Initially scheduled for a 2020 run, this tour pairs with local thrash greats Sacred Reich Brazilian metal legends Sepultura, Crowbar and Art Of Shock. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 These longtime veterans of the local metal scene describe their sound as Arizona stoner thrash. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 That is when thrash-metal pioneers Metallica lost an award—the category now called best metal performance—to Jethro Tull, a 1970s act whose music incorporates the flute. Neil Shah, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 The random thrashiest of thrash metal on intercity buses. Artem Chapeye, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Midnight, from the Cleveland streets Harvey Pekar once roamed, is still the one-man black-thrash game to beat on this side of the Earth or anywhere else. Andy O'connor, SPIN, 15 Mar. 2022 Kirk Hammett used to be in Exodus (another thrash metal band). Matt Wake |, al, 9 Feb. 2022 At the same time, the label was nurturing another soon-to-be-huge thrash outfit, Anthrax. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2022 Exodus, who are one of the bay-area thrash scenes earliest bands, just so happen to be at the forefront of this massive renaissance. Quentin Singer, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of thrash


1568, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thrash


alteration of thresh

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18 Apr 2022

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“Thrash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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\ 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.

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