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Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something worth little or nothing: such as
b(1) : inferior or worthless writing or artistic matter (such as a television show) especially : such matter intended purely for sensational entertainment
(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

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 During the call, Hysell persuaded the victim to assist in a phony sting operation by placing cash under an outdoor trash can, police said. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron man accused of impersonating cop in scheme to steal money from 90-year-old man," 20 Jan. 2020 Officials hope to reduce residential trash by 20%, which Public Works Commissioner Kelly Williams said would save the city $274,000 in landfill fees. USA TODAY, "Condom conflict, ghost net, smart trash bins: News from around our 50 states," 18 Jan. 2020 Ask them about the neighborhood, about trash and recycling pickup, etc. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Homeowners go nuts over squirrels," 18 Jan. 2020 Drug needles recently littered the path amid the piles of trash and junk. Dan Simon, CNN, "Officials want to clear a mile-long homeless camp on a Sonoma County bike trail. Some don't want to go," 18 Jan. 2020 Over the course of the movie, a sanitation workers’ strike causes the city to slowly fill up with trash at a pace commensurate to Phoenix’s deteriorating mental state. Christian Holub,, "Why the Joker is now a prestige film role: Opinion," 13 Jan. 2020 Shopkeepers and children tried sweeping the brackish water and trash away from their doors. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Reporting on a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan," 9 Jan. 2020 Text in this trash heap had been stripped of punctuation and capitalization after being disposed. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, "The Mechanical Muse," 7 Jan. 2020 But construction of the Museum Reach and commercial development along the banks north of downtown have reduced the amount of trash and sediment flowing into the river, and annual draining is no longer needed. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio River draining targets invasive snail, uncovers weird trash," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The referendum represented a trashing both of the Good Friday agreement’s consent principle and, potentially, of all its good works. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s Bad Saturday and the Contradictions of Brexit," 20 Oct. 2019 This time officers not only trashed her research, but drove her out of meetings and sent a man to wreck her testing clinic with a birdcage pole. The Economist, "The truth-teller of Henan Obituary: Shuping Wang died on September 21st," 10 Oct. 2019 For their part, the Europeans worry that the mercurial U.S. president, who railed against the deal during his presidential campaign and ever since, will ultimately decide to trash it even if his State Department recommends otherwise. Laura King, The Seattle Times, "Macron, Merkel to press Trump to save nuke deal with Iran," 22 Apr. 2018 One trashed the hotel in which Mr Sogavare was forming a government in 2006. The Economist, "Why politics in the south Pacific are so precarious," 7 Nov. 2019 Four months ago, a group of men trashed his office when he was not found there. Fox News, "Mexico mayor tied to car, dragged through streets amid reported anger over unfulfilled campaign promise," 10 Oct. 2019 Flirt, have a drink or two (but don’t get trashed), touch their thighs under the table, kiss them. Anna Pulley,, "Ask Anna: I’m having my first threesome. What should I know about STIs and logistics?," 1 July 2019 Meanwhile, Buffalo trashed the Miami Defense for well over 400 yards after churning out only 305 in the Oct. 20 matchup. Kenny Rosarion,, "Instant Analysis: Buffalo Bills 37, Miami Dolphins 20," 17 Nov. 2019 If an oil rig trashes a forest, and no one is there to hear it, will anyone object? Marcela Davison Aviles, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Oil drilling in the Bay Area? Trump administration can’t be serious," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of trash was circa 1518

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trash.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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


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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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