\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

Right now, much of that plastic is concentrated in a region known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which currently contains some 350 million tons of trash. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Giant Floating Tube Is Headed To Clean the Ocean's Great Garbage Patch," 7 Sep. 2018 The apartment was filled with mounds of trash, and the landlord could hear what sounded like an animal’s low whimpers, Grap said. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Emaciated puppy found under pile of trash is fighting for her life," 13 July 2018 That means Waste Management is investing $12 million in a new 23-acre site before an ounce of trash is deposited. Anne Geggis,, "A by-the-numbers look at Mount Trashmore, Broward's man-made landform," 13 July 2018 Even then, there was a lot of trash—this was post-Greenlight. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Steam’s useless 'Upcoming Releases' list embraces algorithms to become less useless," 12 July 2018 Authorities have narrowed their search for the body of a Florida hairdresser missing since May, zeroing in on a Georgia landfill where local police and FBI agents are combing through truckloads of trash. Chris Harris,, "Police Search Landfill for Missing Florida Hairdresser — and Coworker Seen Discarding Trash Bag Is Suspect," 10 July 2018 Most of the lots are cleared of trash, but there are little to no signs of the vegetable gardens, landscaping and other plans for the lots the developer laid out. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's showcase neighborhood project falls a year behind schedule," 3 July 2018 The non-profit environmental group Ocean Conservancy said during its International Coastal Cleanup day last September, 789,138 volunteers in more than 100 countries collected about 20.5 million pounds of trash. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Top 10 trash items found littering our beaches and waterways — and the weirdest," 27 June 2018 Plastics make up the vast majority of the more than 20 million pieces of trash picked up from beaches and waterways, including all ten of the most common items. James Rainey /, NBC News, "Top items from beach cleanup: plastics, plastics and more plastics," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Maynard’s eventual memoir of their relationship, At Home in the World, was roundly trashed, and Maynard herself was held up as an example of a shameless woman trying to shame a brilliant man. Constance Grady, Vox, "Revisiting the legacy of Joyce Maynard, the teenager Salinger had an affair with," 8 Sep. 2018 Wimbledon, England Ever since tennis players trashed their wooden rackets and brought composite weapons to the All England Club, volleys at Wimbledon have become a dying breed. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "On Wimbledon’s Grass, Volleys Still Make a Difference," 9 July 2018 For the scene Noxon has just filmed, the office was trashed by its occupant, Kitty, played by Julianna Margulies. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marti Noxon Wants to Put Angry Women on TV," 15 May 2018 Mexico’s manager, Juan Carlos Osorio, has worked wonders with the team, but has been trashed by the fans and media, the most critical and fickle in soccer. Scott Ostler,, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 Although the President has routinely taken to Twitter to trash the investigation, Pence has not been nearly as outspoken on the special counsel's activities. Elizabeth Landers, CNN, "Mike Pence tells Mueller 'it's time to wrap it up'," 10 May 2018 Six teens used tables and other broken pieces of furniture to trash a housing pod. Cory Shaffer,, "Officials to announce reforms to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center," 4 Apr. 2018 Mislintat has been in Dortmund this week along with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in order to trash out a deal for Aubameyang this month., "Former FA Chief Executive Believes Arsenal Head of Recruitment Is Key to Completing Aubameyang Deal," 25 Jan. 2018 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

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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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an inexhaustible supply or amount

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