trash

noun
\ ˈtrash How to pronounce trash (audio) \

Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something worth little or nothing: such as
a : junk, rubbish
b(1) : inferior or worthless writing or artistic matter (such as a television show) especially : such matter intended purely for sensational entertainment
(2) : trash talk
(3) : empty talk : nonsense
2 : a worthless person also : such persons as a group : riffraff
3 : something in a crumbled or broken condition or mass especially : debris from pruning or processing plant material

trash

verb
trashed; trashing; trashes

Definition of trash (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : throw away sense 1 standards of reality and truth were trashed— Edwin Diamond
4 : spoil, ruin trashing the environment
5 : to subject to criticism or invective especially : to disparage strongly a film trashed by the critics

intransitive verb

: to trash something or someone

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Examples of trash in a Sentence

Noun

Take out the trash, please. I put the dirty diaper in the trash. I can't believe you're reading that trash. She thinks that they're all trash.

Verb

a computer program that trashes useless files The vacuum cleaner couldn't be fixed, so I trashed it. The apartment had been trashed. He says that the government's policies are trashing the environment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And Andy's friends and boyfriend are absolute trash. Sydney Bucksbaum, Teen Vogue, ""The Devil Wears Prada" Writer Aline Brosh McKenna Defends Andy's Friends and Says She Was "Being a Hypocrite"," 8 Apr. 2019 In the meantime, over two tons of trash are brought to the location every day, and the free food has attracted hundreds of bald eagles and other large birds. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Bald Eagles Are Stealing Trash from a Seattle Landfill and Dropping it in the Suburbs," 4 Apr. 2019 Jordyn can catch residuals, yes, but making her the target is trash. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Calls BS on Jordyn Woods' Red Table Talk Interview and Twitter Claps Back," 1 Mar. 2019 These are the physical remains of Black Rock City, a multiyear sampling of materials collected by the BLM after the Burners had gone home and a corps of volunteers had walked the playa with trash bags. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 In April, 64 pounds of trash were found in the digestive tract of a juvenile sperm whale that washed ashore in southern Spain. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Whale Dies in Thailand With 80 Plastic Bags in Its Stomach," 5 June 2018 With more than 15 million people, New Delhi and its surrounding cities produce an estimated 17,000 tons of trash daily, according to Indian officials and environmentalists. The Christian Science Monitor, "In India, citizens are working together to reduce waste," 4 June 2018 His family says he was last seen alive fleeing alongside other protesters through the dusty streets of the capital’s Las Adjuntas slum as national guardsmen opened fire on people who had blocked streets with mounds of trash. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 The Pacific Ocean is full of trash, and the only plan to clean it up isn’t working very well. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Project to Clean Up the Pacific Garbage Patch Is Literally Falling Apart," 8 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tyler Tyler has finished his diversion program, where he was placed as a result of trashing the baseball field. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Season 2 Recap: Here's Where All the Characters Stand at the End of the Finale," 25 May 2018 Her routine has been dissected, commented on, examined, praised and trashed in hundreds of articles by seemingly everyone with a keyboard. Travis M. Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "Michelle Wolf: 'I wouldn't change a single word' of White House correspondents' dinner comedy set," 30 Apr. 2018 And pundits on the right and left rushed to demonstrate their own virtue by trashing high school students as somehow symptomatic of America’s cultural rot in the Age of Trump. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The High School Deplorables," 22 Jan. 2019 And some of its fans, apparently, can only think about trashing a new restaurant coming to town that is backed by a Curry. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Why Houston Rockets fans are bashing Ayesha Curry's soon-to-open restaurant in Houston.," 21 June 2018 Trump has publicly trashed America’s partnerships and multilateral institutions, often accusing allies of taking advantage of the US. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 The focus now shifts to London, where Parliament is expected to vote on the deal in December and where dozens of Mrs. May’s fellow Conservative Party lawmakers, as well as some members of the opposition Labour Party, have trashed the deal. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.K., EU Approve Hard-Fought Brexit Divorce Deal. Now the Harder Work Begins.," 25 Nov. 2018 Parliament’s security check point including a metal detector was trashed and doors were destroyed along with their fingerprint-reading locking systems, Kramer said. Ciaran Mcquillan, The Seattle Times, "Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay," 20 Nov. 2018 The Police Department was certainly aware of DNA and its potential to help solve crimes by the time the evidence was trashed, according to Gahn and Williams. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of trash

Noun

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for trash

Noun

Middle English trasch fallen leaves and twigs, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect trask rubbish; Old Norse tros fallen leaves and twigs, Old English trus

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The first known use of trash was circa 1518

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trash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown away
: a container where people put things that are being thrown away
informal : something that is very low in quality

trash

verb

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

informal
US : to throw away (something)
: to cause great damage to (something)
: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

trash

noun
\ ˈtrash How to pronounce trash (audio) \

Kids Definition of trash

1 : something of little or no value that is thrown away
2 : people who deserve little respect

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