trash

noun
\ 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

trash

verb
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

From Plastic of more than 187,000 pieces of plastic trash across 239 cleanups spanning 42 countries shed light onto potential offenders. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 This power outside of our world that drove me to take the film receipt out of the trash, put it in the parka pocket. Courtney Lund O’neil, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Serial Killer, a Receipt, and My Mom: Haunted by the Murder of 33 Boys," 31 Oct. 2018 Two years later, Audrey Nelson was found dead in a downtown trash bin. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Elderly prisoner claims he’s America’s deadliest serial killer with 90 victims. Police believe him.," 20 Nov. 2018 Quee’s body was found a week later in a trash bin in San Diego. Fox News, "Millionaire murder suspect eludes capture, so cops launch 'true crime' podcast," 21 Sep. 2018 His decapitated torso was found in a suitcase in an apartment building trash bin, also missing lower legs and hands. Ken Ritter, USA TODAY, "Nevada execution in doubt after pharmaceutical company lawsuit," 11 July 2018 His decapitated torso was found in a suitcase in an apartment building trash bin, also missing lower legs and hands. NBC News, "Nevada execution in doubt after drug company sues to stop it," 11 July 2018 His decapitated torso was found in a suitcase in an apartment building trash bin, also missing lower legs and hands. Ken Ritter, Time, "A Drug Company Is Suing to Stop Its Drug From Being Used in a Nevada Execution," 11 July 2018 Martine Bernard’s remains were found in a trash bin in an alley behind the couple’s Fort Lauderdale apartment building at 522 NE First Avenue. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Grand jury indicts man on murder charge in death of his unborn child," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Parliament’s security check point including a metal detector was trashed and doors were destroyed along with their fingerprint-reading locking systems, Kramer said. Ciaran Mcquillan, The Seattle Times, "Police storm Papua New Guinea Parliament for APEC summit pay," 20 Nov. 2018 The Police Department was certainly aware of DNA and its potential to help solve crimes by the time the evidence was trashed, according to Gahn and Williams. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.," 22 June 2018 Then there's the issue of McConnell, who once again finds himself being trashed in a GOP Senate primary battle. CBS News, "What to know about Tuesday's West Virginia GOP primary," 8 May 2018 The Badgers trailed eventual champion Michigan State, 19-17, at halftime of a semifinal game in 2000 that was trashed from Seattle to Miami and Boston to San Diego. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "March Madness 2018: Virginia is No. 1, but will it win? -- Bill Livingston," 13 Mar. 2018 This was the senator who read Green Eggs and Ham to shut down the government over Obamacare and repeatedly trashed his own party as part of his political strategy. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Ted Cruz reelected to the US Senate after a surprisingly competitive race," 7 Nov. 2018 Blair by trashing her reputation because that’s accurate. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Motivating voters requires more than trashing Trump. Amy Chance, sacbee, "California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?," 11 June 2018 The torrent arrived suddenly and with a sound some likened to a freight train as water carrying rocks and trees washed away cars and trashed homes. CBS News, "Race to find survivors of fast-moving SoCal mudslides," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of trash

Noun

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for trash

Noun

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

noun

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

trash

verb

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

trash

noun
\ 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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