trash talk


Definition of trash talk

: disparaging, taunting, or boastful comments especially between opponents trying to intimidate each other

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Other Words from trash talk

trash-talk \ ˈtrash-​ˌtȯk How to pronounce trash-talk (audio) \ verb
trash-talker \ ˈtrash-​ˌtȯ-​kər How to pronounce trash-talker (audio) \ noun

Examples of trash talk in a Sentence

He had to listen to a lot of trash talk from the other players.

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During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, McHale recalled his personal favorite Larry Bird trash talk story, where Bird called his game-winning shot on the road to the entire Phoenix Suns bench. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Kevin McHale shares a classic Larry Bird trash talk story," 1 May 2018 Ellington went on to say Hart had started the trash talk before Game 2 tipped off Monday. Sarah Todd,, "Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, Wayne Ellington troll Kevin Hart ahead of Game 3," 19 Apr. 2018 There was plenty of trash talk, and Embiid’s battle with Bamba left the Magic rookie’s shirt covered in blood. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Joel Embiid and Jayson Tatum left Mo Bamba bloodied in intense 1-on-1 matchups," 10 July 2018 Don't expect any early trash talk on Twitter either - referring to Kris Jenkins' tweets from Saturday night's win. Andrew Joseph, USA TODAY, "Josh Hart before title game: 'I'm literally shaking'," 2 Apr. 2018 Logically, each side should feel comfortable letting loose with a little playful trash talk. Andy Staples,, "The Different Brands of Skepticism Jim Harbaugh and Herm Edwards Face in 2018," 14 Feb. 2018 Financial-style trash talk has erupted between the U.S. and China. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "7 signals from trade talks that could move your 401(k)," 27 Mar. 2018 In two years, Snap managed to go from unstoppable to forgettable – and no amount of Evan Spiegel trash talking his rivals will bring Snap back to its heyday. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Snap," 27 Dec. 2018 Hillary feigns outrage over Trump’s locker room trash talk. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Conservative Women Are Ok with Harassment," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trash talk was in 1981

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English Language Learners Definition of trash talk

US, informal : insulting comments that are made especially to an opponent in a contest, game, etc.

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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