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 \ 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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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 With the laughter and trash talk also comes the feel-good moments, White said. Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "He got famous as the 'handshake' teacher. Now he brings different skills to national TV," 10 July 2018 Rivers did not play in the game and was seen several times trash talking the Rockets. Scooby Axson,, "Report: Rockets Upset Clippers Escaped Punishment for Locker Room Incident," 18 Jan. 2018 Photo: Alamy 2009 Smartphone Notifications Email, text, chat, news, voice mail, Twitter , Facebook and Instagram, Fantasy-Football trash talk, all blinking your phone awake. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "How to Disconnect From ‘Always On’ Work Culture," 5 Oct. 2018 To recap: Over the weekend, Chrissy Teigen Tweeted an epic reaction to Thomas Markle's questionable decision to (repeatedly) trash talk his daughter in the news—and Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Grant, isn't particularly pleased about it. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Sister Samantha Just Called Chrissy Teigen a "Pudgy Airhead"," 30 July 2018 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,, "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,, "'Uncle Drew': Lil Rel Howery coaches NBA all-stars to surprising win," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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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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