\ ˈtrash How to pronounce trash (audio) \

Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something worth little or nothing: such as
a : things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown away : junk, rubbish
b(1) : inferior or worthless writing or artistic matter (such as a television show) especially : such matter intended purely for sensational entertainment
(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


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 About half of the units are owner-occupied, and the condo fee includes the heat, hot water, sewer, and trash removal, among other necessities. Globe Staff,, "Home of the Week: A North End condo with an appetite for all things New England," 10 Jan. 2021 The organization oversaw the placement of three statues, red trash receptacles and black benches downtown. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "A place called Hope," 10 Jan. 2021 On the field, Tomlin talked trash to opponents and teammates alike, teetering the difference between inspiring his sideline and infuriating the other. New York Times, "Mike Tomlin Reaches Another N.F.L. Postseason With Fewer Black Peers," 8 Jan. 2021 Despite being uninhabited and strictly protected by the Seychelles Islands Foundation, the islands of the remote Aldabra atoll are said to have more plastic trash per square foot than any other island on Earth. Anne Pinto-rodrigues, The Christian Science Monitor, "How 60,000 discarded flip-flops ended up on a remote island," 7 Jan. 2021 This cute matching set, available in black and red, will get you up and running, with a place for trash, notes, mail and more. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "35 products to organize every corner of your home," 5 Jan. 2021 Kamille’s disappearance gripped the city for 10 days until her remains were found the night of Oct. 22 in a trash dumpster at a Jefferson County landfill. Carol Robinson |, al, "Suspects indicted in the 2019 abduction and murder of Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney," 5 Jan. 2021 But the rivers, and many others around the world, have been polluted by chemicals and littered with trash. Washington Post, "Celebrate these unusual holidays to make 2021 even more fun," 4 Jan. 2021 Holiday greenery can be left in bins or on the curb for trash haulers to pick up or scouts, wearing masks and keeping their distance at drop sites, have been trained to safely accept Christmas trees and wreaths in their effort to raise funds. oregonlive, "Recycle Christmas greenery: Trash haulers and scouts are here to help," 2 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then, workers at both transfer stations tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to an email that a solid waste disposal administrator sent to trash companies and government officials last Monday that was obtained by The Washington Post. Washington Post, "Problems at D.C.’s trash transfer stations include structural damage and coronavirus," 22 Dec. 2020 When ribbons and bows are too dead to reuse, trash them. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Recycling wrapping paper? What about gift bags? Here's what holiday packaging can go in blue bins.," 15 Dec. 2020 Well, scratch that: He's joined the ranks of Trump loyalists determined to trash the nation on their way out the door. Arkansas Online, "PAUL KRUGMAN: Trump Wars II: The Loser Strikes Back," 28 Nov. 2020 Bottom line: There just may be reason not to trash an old box spring. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This TikTok User Turned a Mattress Spring Into a Light Fixture," 30 Nov. 2020 The Fox Sports Radio report of a fistfight between Judge and Colombo, meanwhile, was unusual because neither coach has much incentive to trash the other. Pat Leonard,, "Giants offensive line coach Marc Colombo for ‘insubordination;’ report of fight is false," 18 Nov. 2020 And although some media observers were quick to trash the veteran broadcaster, that may have been unfair. Washington Post, "Chris Wallace tried — and failed — to control Trump. Something needs to change.," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent sanitation worker shortages have prompted the city to halt curbside recycling pickup and devote all of its staff to trash pickup. Christine Condon,, "Baltimore City board OKs raises for certain sanitation workers amid staffing shortages," 5 Nov. 2020 Residents, businesses and advocacy groups will clamor for attention to persistent problems ranging from crime to trash pickup. Jean Marbella,, "What Brandon Scott faces as Baltimore’s next mayor: a pandemic, budget woes and crime-weary residents hoping for change," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of trash


circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for trash


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 1529

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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



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

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


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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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