trash talk


: disparaging, taunting, or boastful comments especially between opponents trying to intimidate each other
trash-talk verb
trash-talker noun

Examples of trash talk in a Sentence

He had to listen to a lot of trash talk from the other players.
Recent Examples on the Web There was the occasional hit along the boards, goal-mouth scrambles, and maybe a bit of trash talk among the future NHL stars. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 26 June 2024 Indiana’s 130-109 win in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden completed another instant-classic playoff series fraught with tension, trash talk and tenacity, adding a worthy chapter to the storied — and often hostile — history between the longtime Eastern Conference foes. Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News, 20 May 2024 Ionescu and Curry’s resumes are legendary, as was the trash talk entering Saturday’s special All-Star event. C.j. Holmes, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 And the language of Drake’s trash talk in recent years has come to align with that of the stan uprising, in which sales figures, powered by streaming, are used as the be-all, end-all determinant for aesthetic value and cultural significance. Sheldon Pearce, NPR, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for trash talk 

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trash talk was in 1981

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“Trash talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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