\ 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
(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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That food would otherwise join the tens of thousands of tons of ingredients overflowing from trash cans on many streets of Cairo. Eman Mounir, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2022 Those tourism projects include $425,000 in Portland to replace 200 trash cans with ones that have larger openings and harder-to-deface surfaces made of such things as metal slats or wire mesh. David A. Lieb, al, 30 July 2022 His trash-talking proficiency is on full display throughout. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 18 July 2022 Like Green, Sochan has a knack for getting under the skin of opponents with his aggressive style of play and trash-talking skills. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 29 June 2022 Police say Lugo-Romero is also suspected of a similar burglary two days earlier, when officers responded to reports of someone stealing dozens of items using a plastic trash bag and fleeing the scene on a bicycle. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2022 Officers located decomposed human remains inside a trash bag near the 800 block of Showell Court in the Johnston Square neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon. Ashley Barrientos, Baltimore Sun, 1 July 2022 Your trash bag won’t sink from the weight of your daily cleaning! Ali Kessler, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2022 An hour after sunrise, one cold winter morning, Michael Brunette dragged a 40-gallon trash bag, half full, along the edges of Eagle Creek Reservoir. Daniela Franco Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 24 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While some women in their middle years become fixated on perfecting their appearance, others may trash their beauty products altogether or stop picking up their broom on a regular basis. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 July 2022 Without exception, anyone who trash talks about a previous job or employer lacks integrity. Expert Panel, Forbes, 5 July 2022 There’s a misconception, Morgan said, that most trash on public lands comes from campers or off-roaders. oregonlive, 23 June 2022 The ramifications, from traffic jams to trash and human feces on the trails, are becoming unsustainable. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 18 June 2022 But as wild and unpleasant as the proceedings have been, an even uglier shadow war has been raging in the court of public opinion, as the often-toxic fans of both celebrities take to social media and trash the other side. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2022 Last week, though, about seven tents still blocked the sidewalk along with a mix of personal possessions — chairs, couches, stoves — and trash. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 Someone nuts just had the guts to try to trash you With a hammer and a large amount of cake. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Which is people trash talking and the challenges around it. Gustaf Lundberg Toresson, Forbes, 27 June 2022 See More

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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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“Trash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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