trash talk

noun

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 \ verb
trash-talker \ˈtrash-ˌtȯ-kər \ 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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Yet in the last 25 years, more than 80% of the Masters champions have come from Sunday's final pairing, so this is all about the two loose-lipped leaders, who barely dried off Saturday before commencing the trash talk. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Reed and McIlroy will go head to head with a green jacket on the line," 8 Apr. 2018 His character, Dax, gave up playing basketball after getting a crucial buzzer-beater whapped out of the sky by his nemesis, Mookie (Nick Kroll, a compacted heap of trash talk on two legs). Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Uncle Drew': Lil Rel Howery coaches NBA all-stars to surprising win," 26 June 2018 Dell then stops and turns toward the fan, who begins to trash talk him, too. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Rockets fan trash talks Ayesha, Dell Curry after Game 5 win," 25 May 2018 Her new gambit of trash talking you to friends — probably to reel you back in — doesn’t suggest much growth. Philip Galanes, New York Times, "Mom, I Need a Break," 5 July 2018 The halcyon days of the Fab Five — the trademark baggy shorts and black socks and trash talk — seemed like memories from another lifetime. Nathan Fenno, latimes.com, "John Beilein helps bring fab times back to Michigan basketball," 20 Mar. 2018 After all of that, the trash talk continued on Twitter. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Dwyane Wade calls Jimmy Butler-Jae Crowder Twitter trash talk a little 'Marquette family affair'," 3 Mar. 2018 After that there was plenty of trash talk and ear-blowing incident and a punch to the groin as the Cavaliers eliminated the Pacers in the playoffs five times in seven seasons. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "NBA free agency has outdone itself: Lance and LeBron, teammates at last," 1 July 2018 Woods, speaking later, played along with the good-natured trash talk between two long-time rivals who have evolved into friends. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson set for first-round duel at Players Championship," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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trash talk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trash talk

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

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