trash talk

noun

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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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, latimes.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "'Uncle Drew': Lil Rel Howery coaches NBA all-stars to surprising win," 26 June 2018 Dell then stops and turns toward the fan, who begins to trash talk him, too. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Rockets fan trash talks Ayesha, Dell Curry after Game 5 win," 25 May 2018 Her new gambit of trash talking you to friends — probably to reel you back in — doesn’t suggest much growth. Philip Galanes, New York Times, "Mom, I Need a Break," 5 July 2018 The halcyon days of the Fab Five — the trademark baggy shorts and black socks and trash talk — seemed like memories from another lifetime. Nathan Fenno, latimes.com, "John Beilein helps bring fab times back to Michigan basketball," 20 Mar. 2018 After all of that, the trash talk continued on Twitter. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Dwyane Wade calls Jimmy Butler-Jae Crowder Twitter trash talk a little 'Marquette family affair'," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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trash talk

noun

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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