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: something worth little or nothing: such as
: things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown away : junk, rubbish
: inferior or worthless writing or artistic matter (such as a television show)
especially : such matter intended purely for sensational entertainment
: empty talk : nonsense
: a worthless person
also : such persons as a group : riffraff
: something in a crumbled or broken condition or mass
especially : debris from pruning or processing plant material


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trashed; trashing; trashes

transitive verb

: throw away sense 1
standards of reality and truth were trashedEdwin Diamond
: spoil, ruin
trashing the environment
: 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
Five people filled six trash bags on a beach that day. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 15 Sep. 2023 Emergency room personnel found a black plastic trash bag in the rear hatch of the vehicle, Montgomery said, and inside the bag was an 11-month-old child's body. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 14 Sep. 2023 In one shot, Moe-Moe looks out of his carrier, surrounded by at least five piles of bags of trash, an old scooter, and a plastic bin with a chew toy on top. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 As a million different versions of herself, Rodrigo sweetly bakes cupcakes as plates and knives are flung across the apartment, keys his car in her stride, and trashes car after car with only her mind. Vulture, 12 Sep. 2023 Just Askin': Who's responsible for cleaning up trash on the interstates? 🏙️ Don't Miss: Cincinnati is home to a lot of firsts. The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2023 Thorns general manager Karina LeBlanc and owner Merritt Paulson talked playful trash to Timbers general manager Ned Grabavoy. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 Every year, large piles of trash are left in Reno and other spots outside the desert, said Allen, the Pershing County sheriff. Dino Grandoni and Kim Bellware, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2023 City officials say the clearings are necessary to address health and safety issues that affect nearby businesses and residents, including trash and drug needles left on public sidewalks. The Courier-Journal, 6 Sep. 2023
While her dedicated young female audience loved the campaign, Gawker trashed her in deeply misogynistic articles. Taylor Lorenz, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2023 Polluters have trashed the world’s atmosphere with carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Justine Calma, The Verge, 5 Sep. 2023 But Tijuana’s faulty system is constantly overwhelmed as its population rises, sending millions of gallons of raw sewage and trash through the river valley. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 People create a fleeting, self-sustaining community that (theoretically) leaves no trace or trash upon its completion. Francisco Guzman, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2023 Also trashed were the building’s HVAC and sprinkler systems. Lisa Rathke, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2023 The short answer is easy: Because an overgrown super-rich man-child with no impulse control decided to further trash his latest toy. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 31 July 2023 Besides trashing Biden's record on race, the liberal philosopher echoed complaints Republicans have about the way the president's administration has operated. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, 15 July 2023 Dorsey Roland thinks even an occasional police presence in the area might dissuade would-be dumpers from trashing the area so thoroughly. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trash was circa 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Trash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: something of little or no value: as
: silly or worthless talk or works (as books)
: a low or worthless person
also : such persons as a group : rabble sense 2

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