trash talk


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

Example Sentences

He had to listen to a lot of trash talk from the other players.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s got drama, interesting characters and a little trash talk — the best kind, shared between close friends. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2021 Despite that group representing seven WBC teams, there hasn’t been much trash talk in the clubhouse. Chicago Tribune, 3 Mar. 2023 Always a bit reserved, Ledecky now seems far more willing to speak up - even holding her own in good-natured trash talk with her male teammates, according to Nesty. CBS News, 30 Dec. 2022 Try telling that to the players who flung trash talk and clawed for loose balls and swatted away shots as a still-lively Westchester gym rocked in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2022 The lead-up to the Chiefs game was intensified by trash talk from Chiefs safety Justin Reid, something Chase didn’t let slide before or during the victory on Sunday. Andrew Gillis, cleveland, 5 Dec. 2022 Often their outrage includes trash talk about librarians and board members. Martha Hickson, CNN, 31 Oct. 2022 The Chiefs defeated the Bengals 23-20, likely using the trash talk as extra motivation. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 10 Feb. 2023 But this sequel raises the ante – and the trash talk. cleveland, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 1 Apr. 2023.

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