\ 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


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

One of the suspects can be seen pointing a handgun directly at an employee and demanding cash, while a second suspect walks in behind him holding a large trash bag. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for armed suspects caught on camera robbing southwest Houston cell phone store," 6 June 2019 Instead, Vence is seen leaving the apartment on May 3 carrying a large blue laundry basket with a black trash bag inside, according to the affidavit. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Suspect in Maleah Davis' death says 'nothing bad happened' as mom demands answers," 5 June 2019 Sheriff James Singleton of Hempstead County, Arkansas, said Friday that a black trash bag with a foul odor and containing blood was found in Fulton. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Maleah Davis case: Remains found in Arkansas identified as those of missing 4-year-old," 3 June 2019 The maker of cleaning products, Glad trash bags, Kingsford charcoal and Hidden Valley dressings posted underwhelming quarterly results Wednesday as earnings and revenue both fell shy of expectations. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Clorox’s Turn to Leave a Mess in Consumer Goods Business," 1 May 2019 Authorities say Sandy was found hanging from a trash bag that had been lining a garbage can in her cell. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Sandra Bland's Family Talks Fighting for the Complete Truth in New "Say Her Name" Documentary," 3 Dec. 2018 Googly eyes gave the homemade decoration a silly, non-threatening look that won't terrify kids, the body is actually a trash bag stuffed with leaves, which is easy to repeat each year. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Give Your Neighbors the Creeps With Oversized Spider Halloween Decor," 5 Oct. 2018 The only difference is that the blood attack will occur in the school bathroom (the same place a bully dumped a bag of trash on her). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'It Chapter 2' Trailer Has So Many Hidden Easter Eggs," 10 May 2019 Instead of tossing the packaging of your used M.A.C. products in the trash can, set them aside in a safe place. Devon Abelman, Allure, "M.A.C. Is Giving Away Free Lipstick in Exchange for Beauty Empties," 23 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Our already feeble backyard was trashed by the patio construction, so sod made the most sense and when Jay our sprinkler guy came out we honest-to-goodness had the following exchange. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 The change that concerns me, however, is this growing tendency to paint motherhood, all of it without disclaimer or discernment, as one of those awful experiences that must be trashed publicly for a greater glory. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "While a mother's role evolves with time, certain parenting aspects remain constant | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 But, even his name right now is enough to piss some people off, so instead of throwing away their coins by trashing the palette, people are coming up with creative ways to cover his name stamp. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "People on Twitter Are “Fixing” Their James Charles Palettes and It’s Brutal," 15 May 2019 Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders — and Trump unilaterally trashed them., "President Trump will get red carpet treatment in UK — and big protests," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, Thomas’s kids (Meghan’s half-siblings) continue to trash her in the press. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "5 Insane Stories of Family Drama Ruining Weddings," 14 May 2018 The former owner of a Mandeville-area pool supply store was arrested Tuesday (March 20) and accused of trashing the store in November, causing more than $1 million worth of damage, authorities said. Robert Rhoden,, "Former owner accused of causing $1M in damage to pool supply store," 21 Mar. 2018 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,, "Michelle Wolf: 'I wouldn't change a single word' of White House correspondents' dinner comedy set," 30 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
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


\ 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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