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 In a single moment, an up-and-comer gunning for the crown of NFL royalty and not missing resulted in Sherman catapulting into a fan favorite for his brash, fearless and usually calculated trash talk. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Richard Sherman just doesn’t like Baker Mayfield, and that’s OK," 9 Oct. 2019 The muscle cars can top 200 mph — but there's no limit to the lighthearted, pre-race trash talk between the two friends. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland, Macomb sheriffs to square off at Roadkill Nights," 9 Aug. 2019 Thurman even managed to irk the normally placid Pacquiao, who acknowledged that even his mother hadn’t liked Thurman’s trash talk. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision," 21 July 2019 Thurman even managed to irk the normally placid Pacquiao, who acknowledged that even his mother hadn’t liked Thurman’s trash talk. Greg Beacham,, "Even at 40, Manny Pacquiao keeps pounding out wins," 21 July 2019 Writing in Quartzy, Ephrat Livni explains how Vienna is using trash talk to bolster the city’s appeal. Catharine Hamm,, "Escapes: See fireworks on the Fourth in Southern California and find savings in Yosemite," 4 July 2019 Meanwhile, were wondering if there’s any good-natured trash talk going on in the Curry household. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Steph Curry — no NBA title, but can ‘Holey Moley’ ease the pain?," 26 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of trash talk

1981, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of trash talk was in 1981

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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