\ ˈtrash \

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


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


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.


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

Chucky, likely groggy from sedation, was put into a trash can in the back of a truck. Sarah Brookbank,, "Oxford police save groundhog from trap, name it Chucky," 3 July 2018 When Nacer Chadli finished off the Red Devils’ epic comeback with a stoppage-time winner, Japan fans at Rostov Arena again grabbed trash bags and cleaned the stadium while fighting back the disappointment of the heartbreaking loss. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Japan fans still stayed to clean the stadium after heartbreaking World Cup loss," 2 July 2018 Videos on social media show fans equipped with trash bags sweeping through the rows collecting plastic waste left on the stadium grounds. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Everyone Is Cheering for These Japanese Soccer Fans Who Cleaned Up the World Cup Stadium," 20 June 2018 Beals said the video shows Barrett throwing a plastic water bottle in a trash can. Julie Gallant,, "RUSD students vie for iVIE awards," 8 June 2018 But investigators covertly watched Jones throw a .22-caliber pistol that belonged to Thomas in a trash can, police said Monday. NBC News, "The Arizona serial murder suspect used a legally purchased Glock handgun," 6 June 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions has always been trash. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Trump Still Hates Jeff Sessions for Being Jeff Sessions," 30 May 2018 One was left on the street; one was at a Holiday Inn; one was in a trash can. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "‘Baby Moses’ law allows parents to leave infants at a fire station — no questions asked," 1 May 2018 In addition to the BBQ Becky incident, Smith also helped shine a light on video showing an Oakland resident at Lake Merritt, later dubbed #JoggerJoe, angrily throwing a homeless person’s belongings into the trash and partially into the lake. Paula Rogo,, "'BBQ Becky' Called the Cops on This Black Man. Now He Is Running for City Council," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The local media, like a group of Madame DeFarges knitting at the guillotine, have publicly trashed Ms. Morgan since the beginning of the case. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Widow of UAW boss is 'trying to buy her way out of prison'," 7 July 2018 Police trashed the evidence in the 1990s, well after authorities became aware of DNA’s value in solving crimes. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.," 22 June 2018 And Lanez applies himself energetically to trash talking. John Adamian,, "Britney Spears, Tory Lanez, Kimya Dawson: Seven Concert Highlights," 7 July 2018 And, shockingly, people aren’t as keen to work for a man who regularly trashes his employees on social media and has taken to firing them via Twitter. Bess Levin, The Hive, "The White House Is Two Staff Defections Away from Advertising Jobs on Craiglist," 14 June 2018 The same guy who put the fix in for Hillary, and the same guy who trashed President Trump in text message after a text message and then a few days after, exonerating and rigging the Hillary investigation, launches an investigation into Donald Trump. Fox News, "Hannity: Another stinging setback for the special counsel," 17 May 2018 Bryant gets a fresh start with a brand new locker room, while the Steelers jettison a player who trashed a fellow wide receiver on Twitter in October and was reportedly seeking a trade in midseason. Robert Klemko,, "Draft Notes: For Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, the Wait Was Worth It," 27 Apr. 2018 Given the amount of beer and liquor bottles visible in grassy areas even after last week’s state cleanup, alcohol is clearly among the drugs of choice for many members of the party crowd who trash DOD Ponds. Kevin Riordan,, "A cache of syringes befoul a favorite South Jersey fishing spot," 20 Apr. 2018 The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating vandals who trashed a concession building at a public park in Independence, stealing money and food in the process. Kim Chatelain,, "'Scoundrels' trash North Shore park building, police say," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of trash


circa 1518, 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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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

: something that is very low in quality



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

: to throw away (something)

: to cause great damage to (something)

: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


\ ˈtrash \

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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