\ ˈtrash How to pronounce trash (audio) \

Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something worth little or nothing: such as
a : things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown away : 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

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 Homeowners would respect the ecology of the area, and neighbors would respect each other, keeping trash cans and cars out of sight, sharing community centers, and landscaping with only native plants—no flower beds, no lawns. Kristen Philipkoski, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Rowdy opposing crowds have thrown boos, insults and both real and inflatable trash cans at Astros players, who have largely shrugged them off. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 30 Dec. 2021 Its public lampposts and trash cans are adorned with bibliophilic hieroglyphs. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 Residents are advised to secure loose outdoor items like umbrellas and trash cans. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 11 Dec. 2021 Benches, streetlights and trash cans will be internet-connected and gathering data to optimize efficiency. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Some areas can get exemptions for parts of the law, like rural locations where bears rummage through trash cans. Kathleen Ronayne, ajc, 9 Dec. 2021 Landing on top of a skyscraper, players immediately begin hurling their opponents to their destruction, while down on the ground the other rumblers, looking like ants, are whacking each other with trash cans and stop signs. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 9 Dec. 2021 In trash cans and a dumpster outside, investigators found a bedding, carpeting, clothing, cleaning supplies, a shower curtain and a broken walker, among other items. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Right now, though, CalRecycle says it’s more interested in educating about the law, which is the biggest change to trash since the state started recycling in the 1980s. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2021 Throughout the pandemic, Fox has privately implemented common sense health measures to protect its employees, while simultaneously allowing its most influential hosts and personalities to publicly trash such measures. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 The company does trash pick-ups in Chula Vista, Clairemont, Bonita, Eastlake and other parts of San Diego County, but those services halted when more than 250 waste collection workers went on strike before the holidays. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Many retailers trash, incinerate, or donate these returns, given the high costs of customer service, transportation, product quality assurance, storage, and restocking. Tima Bansal, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Station astronauts currently trash their dirty clothes; Procter & Gamble Co. is developing a fully degradable detergent for eventual use at the station, on the moon and beyond. Fox News, 22 Dec. 2021 Now, after a 138-day growth cycle, the astronauts remove the plants from the module and trash them. Melanie Canales, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 Since Christmas Day falls on a Saturday this year, many of the normal office hours and services that would have been closed to observe the holiday will close as usual for the weekend, including banks, government buildings and trash collection. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 20 Dec. 2021 Tyler Gaines, an executive with TPA, said the site includes trash 40 feet deep or more in some areas. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 7 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of trash


circa 1529, 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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16 Jan 2022

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“Trash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce trash (audio) \

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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