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trash

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noun \ˈtrash\

Definition of trash

  1. 1 :  something worth little or nothing: such asa :  junk, rubbishb (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. 2 :  a worthless person; also :  such persons as a group :  riffraff

  3. 3 :  something in a crumbled or broken condition or mass; especially :  debris from pruning or processing plant material

Examples of trash in a Sentence

  1. Take out the trash, please.

  2. I put the dirty diaper in the trash.

  3. I can't believe you're reading that trash.

  4. She thinks that they're all trash.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

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Definition of trash

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  throw away 1 standards of reality and truth were trashed — Edwin Diamond

  3. 2 :  vandalize, destroy

  4. 3 :  attack, assault

  5. 4 :  spoil, ruin trashing the environment

  6. 5 :  to subject to criticism or invective; especially :  to disparage strongly a film trashed by the critics

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to trash something or someone

Examples of trash in a Sentence

  1. a computer program that trashes useless files

  2. The vacuum cleaner couldn't be fixed, so I trashed it.

  3. The apartment had been trashed.

  4. He says that the government's policies are trashing the environment.

First Known Use of trash

1902



TRASH Defined for English Language Learners

trash

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noun

Definition of trash for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of trash for English Language Learners

  • : to throw away (something)

  • : to cause great damage to (something)

  • : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


TRASH Defined for Kids

trash

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noun \ˈtrash\

Definition of trash for Students

  1. 1 :  something of little or no value that is thrown away

  2. 2 :  people who deserve little respect



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