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.

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So, too, will Spence and Porter for an opening bell that might finally silence a couple of more months full of trash talk. Los Angeles Times, "Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter hype their fight with verbal jabs," 20 July 2019 The trash talk continued on Wednesday, with Krasinski tweeting a video from the TD Garden in Boston at Fischer. Matt Mcnulty,, "John Krasinski Teases Jenna Fischer by Attending Stanley Cup Final with The Office's Roy," 13 June 2019 Still, this is an awful lot of trash talk coming from Intel, which probably isn’t exactly sure where AMD’s chips fall. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel challenges AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to take the Core i9-9900K's real-world gaming crown," 10 June 2019 The trash talk between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors has been nonstop during the NBA Finals. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "Toronto Raptors posted an NBA Finals pregame photo on the wrong bridge," 6 June 2019 The greatest trash talk to come out of Kawhi Leonard's mouth is in reference to rebounding. Khadrice Rollins,, "Kawhi-isms: Ranking Kawhi Leonard's Best Phrases and Mantras From San Diego State," 4 June 2019 In an age of trash talk (and combative politics), the culture of honoring opponents is needed more than ever. WSJ, "Hockey Games End Politely," 30 May 2019 The Warriors’ Game 2 win initially felt like a turning point in the series as Durant and Thompson trash talked Drake in the tunnel. Michael Shapiro,, "How DeMarcus Cousins Helped Flip the NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, McHale recalled his personal favorite Larry Bird trash talk story, where Bird called his game-winning shot on the road to the entire Phoenix Suns bench. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Kevin McHale shares a classic Larry Bird trash talk story," 1 May 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

US, informal : insulting comments that are made especially to an opponent in a contest, game, etc.

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