\ ˈtrash How to pronounce trash (audio) \

Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something worth little or nothing: such as
a : junk, rubbish
b(1) : inferior or worthless writing or artistic matter (such as a television show) especially : such matter intended purely for sensational entertainment
(2) : trash talk
(3) : empty talk : nonsense
2 : a worthless person also : such persons as a group : riffraff
3 : something in a crumbled or broken condition or mass especially : debris from pruning or processing plant material


trashed; trashing; trashes

Definition of trash (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : throw away sense 1 standards of reality and truth were trashed— Edwin Diamond
4 : spoil, ruin trashing the environment
5 : to subject to criticism or invective especially : to disparage strongly a film trashed by the critics

intransitive verb

: to trash something or someone

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Examples of trash in a Sentence


Take out the trash, please. I put the dirty diaper in the trash. I can't believe you're reading that trash. She thinks that they're all trash.


a computer program that trashes useless files The vacuum cleaner couldn't be fixed, so I trashed it. The apartment had been trashed. He says that the government's policies are trashing the environment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No longer confined to a cubicle, Jones works out of his home studio that is close enough to the Everglades that there is a black bear who rummages through his trash. Roger Downing,, "Florida artist carving new life into old surf boards," 15 Aug. 2019 Outside the locker room, people threw us in the trash before the season. Emily Caron,, "Baker Mayfield: 'People Want to See Us Lose, Just Because the Hype is So Real'," 14 Aug. 2019 Homeowners in bear country know not to leave their trash outside. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Bear Escapes House With a Dramatic Exit That Would Make the Kool-Aid Man Proud," 12 Aug. 2019 Optical scanners often can't see through the plastic bag, so recoverable items can end up in the trash. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "The dos and the don'ts: How to recycle properly in Kentucky," 23 July 2019 Imagine fitting months of your trash into a single mason jar. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "2 years of trash in a jam jar: People striving to go 'zero-waste' say it's worth the effort," 17 July 2019 Grandchildren, nieces and nephews let themselves into her house to pick up mail or take out her trash. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 That includes using special vacuums meant to suck up the roaches (which is also labor-intensive), laying down sticky traps, and educating residents to take out their trash once a day or to not leave out pet food (a roach favorite). Brian Resnick, Vox, "One big reason you can’t get rid of cockroaches," 3 July 2019 There’s already a penalty for not carrying your trash off the mountain, but it isn’t enforced. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Even if just one of the many ingredients within a sweet or savory find has been repurposed instead of trashed, that’s a good thing. SELF, "These Companies Are Trying to Get You to Buy Food That’s Made With Scraps," 1 Aug. 2019 The diesel scandal trashed confidence among consumers and regulators in diesel technology, and cost Volkswagen more than $30 billion in recalls, legal penalties and settlements. Charles Riley, CNN, "Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler charged with fraud over diesel scandal," 31 July 2019 Although the two never crossed paths at Dortmund, the Liverpool manager did act as landlord to the young star in Germany, who reportedly 'trashed' the house before his move from Germany to Catalonia., "Liverpool Ready to Back Jurgen Klopp for Ousmane Dembele if Manager Wants Big-Money Signing," 4 July 2019 This is so bizarre and unusual that a sitting president of the United States is going to trash the opposition party in the United States on foreign soil. NBC News, "Meet the Press - 6.30.19," 30 June 2019 And local offices affect everything from street signs to trash pickup schedules to school policies. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, "New York Primary Elections: Who’s Running for Queens D.A.," 25 June 2019 The proposal to trash Obama-era transgender reforms dovetails with other administration efforts to weaken protections for transgender Americans, according to the Post. Alfred Lubrano,, "Proposed Trump administration rule change could lead to homeless LGBTQ people being turned away from shelters," 5 June 2019 Further Reading Activists in UK plan to trash crop experiment The new paper, however, isn't especially focused on the work done at Rothamsted in particular (neither the protests nor the research effort that attracted them is mentioned in the piece). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why haven’t genetically engineered crops made food better?," 4 June 2019 And if everyone around the world followed those recommendations, about 23 billion toothbrushes would get trashed annually. National Geographic, "How your toothbrush became a part of the plastic crisis," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of trash


circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for trash


Middle English trasch fallen leaves and twigs, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect trask rubbish; Old Norse tros fallen leaves and twigs, Old English trus

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English Language Learners Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown away
: a container where people put things that are being thrown away
informal : something that is very low in quality



English Language Learners Definition of trash (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to throw away (something)
: to cause great damage to (something)
: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


\ ˈtrash How to pronounce trash (audio) \

Kids Definition of trash

1 : something of little or no value that is thrown away
2 : people who deserve little respect

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