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 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 There’s nothing like a little trash talk to spice up a major championship. Ron Kroichick,, "Rory McIlroy ‘taken aback’ by Brooks Koepka’s verbal shot at Dustin Johnson," 9 Aug. 2020 The close-ups of the trash talk between Kunin and Roussel during the Ferland-Hartman episode stole the show. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Discipline and smart swagger serve Wild well in series opener," 3 Aug. 2020 The networks will amplify their microphones to pick up sneaker squeaks, ball bounces and on-court trash talk and strategy. Editors, USA TODAY, "John Lewis' Atlanta funeral, NASA mission, NBA returns: 5 things to know Thursday," 30 July 2020 Silver may have find a balance between tape delaying the games with the potential of viewers being able to hear real-time chatter between players and the inevitable trash talk. oregonlive, "NBA commissioner Adam Silver: We may tape delay games to avoid broadcasting profane language from players," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2020

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“Trash talk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 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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