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.
Recent Examples on the Web The trash talk was not contained to the two of them, although Sherwood was the most visible talker. Giana Han, al, "Auburn players ‘uncharacteristically’ mouthy in emotional South Carolina game," 19 Oct. 2020 As people can sense from watching the Cuomo brothers chirp each other, even the most lighthearted Cuomo-family trash talk comes with a tincture of grievance. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 Trump has thrown in some trash talk, professional wrestling-style, taunting the Biden will probably get some sort of energy-enhancing injection ahead of the debate. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "First debate gives Trump chance to defend pandemic response and tax returns, Biden to pitch return to normal," 28 Sep. 2020 LeBron James and Anthony Davis engage in friendly trash talk. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "How Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis have established a workman-like culture," 18 Sep. 2020 That was his form of trash talk, often backing it up. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "2020 NBA Draft: Can Onyeka Okongwu be Cleveland Cavaliers’ version of Bam Adebayo?," 17 Sep. 2020 The confidence, which has grown through the 2019 season and the 2020 offseason, is evident at practice as Nix’s voice carries itself through drills and scrimmages, shouting both directions and playful trash talk. Giana Han, al, "Teammates observe a new type of confidence in Bo Nix," 4 Sep. 2020 One of the best parts of playing fantasy football is in-person drafting, and even if that can’t be accomplished this year, Zoom and other video conferencing can help facilitate some interaction and trash talk during that annual de facto holiday. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Fantasy leagues feel 'trepidation' over COVID-19 as they prepare for drafts and uncertain NFL season," 23 Aug. 2020 Doncic shot 4-of-14 from the field and 4-of-10 on free-throws as the Clippers played Doncic and the Mavericks with more physicality than in the first two games — although the Mavericks returned every forearm shove and bit of trash talk. Dallas News, "Luka Doncic to get MRI following ankle injury in Mavs’ Game 3 loss, says ‘it’s just a little sprained’," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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29 Oct 2020

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“Trash talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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