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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Other fast food brands took to Twitter to trash talk, turning it into the Chicken Wars. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Crossed the Road: raceAhead," 29 Aug. 2019 Rattler's trash talk continues throughout the game. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How did Netflix portray Spencer Rattler on 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'?," 17 Aug. 2019 America deserves a president who lifts our cities up, not one who heaps trash talk on them. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Politicians, pundits, others defend Baltimore, Elijah Cummings after Trump’s ‘completely unacceptable’ tweets," 28 July 2019 The fantasy frenzy is felt in the commencement of trash talking via group texts with our buddies in our home leagues as well as high-stakes players packing their bags for Vegas. Frankie Taddeo,, "Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold Among the 10 Most Undervalued Players in Fantasy Football," 30 Aug. 2019 As seen on the show, Studio 19 has trash talked the ALDC on social media, but also caused tension among the ALDC by sending gifts to former member Sarah and her mom Michelle. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Everything to Know About Studio 19, Sarah's Old Studio and the ALDC's Newest Rival," 27 Aug. 2019 Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan posted a hilarious throwback video of himself trash talking other NFL players. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'GMA' Star Michael Strahan Posted a Trash-Talking Video and Instagram Is Freaking out Over It," 29 July 2019 Durant said, before calling out Drake’s previous trash talk. Cady Lang, Time, "Drake, MVP of Trolling, Steals the Show From the Sidelines of the 2019 NBA Finals," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2019

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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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