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 talk (audio) \ 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 Don’t expect Twitter trash talk, Facebook faceoffs or Instagram incidents from the San Francisco Giants social media team during the playoffs. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2021 His beef with Woodley goes back to that last match when Woodley was in Askren’s corner and the two exchanged some trash talk backstage. cleveland, 22 July 2021 The Alabama campus also allowed tailgating for the first time since it was banned last season, to the Quad once again filled up for some cornhole, beer pong and friendly trash talk from the visiting Mercer fans. Ben Flanagan |, al, 13 Sep. 2021 The sabotaging thoughts, or inner trash talk, doesn’t dictate your actions. Roberta Matuson, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs joined Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] to discuss practicing against elite receivers, Dak Prescott’s trash talk, and making his Alabama coach Nick Saban angry. Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 The chippiness even spilled into the postgame handshake line, with trash talk and offers to meet up in the parking lot being exchanged as the teams met at midfield. oregonlive, 22 June 2021 For sure in the offseason, there will definitely be a lot of trash talk going on between us two. David Furones,, 9 Sep. 2021 The coach had a quick-witted response that squashed the trash talk. Mark Heim |, al, 5 Sep. 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Trash talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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