\ 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

So many bees, in fact, that some of the folks in San Diego County who specialize in removing them from house attics, backyard trash cans, sheds and utility boxes have weeks-long waiting lists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nature takes its course: Bees flourish after heavy rains, keeping removal companies busy," 8 July 2019 The trash cans are the second installation of high-capacity garbage cans in Portland., "How a dirty city gets clean: Efforts to clean up Portland’s downtown come together this summer," 2 July 2019 The man wore an expensive suit and a heavy overcoat, like the people whose trash cans Xavier emptied. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Hello Alfred provides ongoing services such as putting away groceries, taking out the trash and picking up packages, as well as services for a fee such as dog-walking. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Grocery delivery. Valet trash pickup. Dog walking. These aren’t your grandparents’ rental apartments.," 27 June 2019 But will a large swatch of consumers really be interested in robots that can't take out the trash or report the weather? Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "New companion robots can't do much but make us love them," 23 June 2019 The plant, which originally cost $37 million and had been dormant since 2015, began taking trash again in February. Dennis Pillion |,, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019 He was allowed two hours on Sundays to run errands outside the house, to take out the trash, shovel snow, or fetch birdseed from the garage. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 Joshua Gomez, 23, was taking the trash from his third-floor apartment to the chute in the garage when a curtain of rubble came down in front of him. Anchorage Daily News, "1 dead, 6 injured after storm topples crane into Old East Dallas apartments," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Our already feeble backyard was trashed by the patio construction, so sod made the most sense and when Jay our sprinkler guy came out we honest-to-goodness had the following exchange. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 The change that concerns me, however, is this growing tendency to paint motherhood, all of it without disclaimer or discernment, as one of those awful experiences that must be trashed publicly for a greater glory. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "While a mother's role evolves with time, certain parenting aspects remain constant | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 But, even his name right now is enough to piss some people off, so instead of throwing away their coins by trashing the palette, people are coming up with creative ways to cover his name stamp. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "People on Twitter Are “Fixing” Their James Charles Palettes and It’s Brutal," 15 May 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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The first known use of trash was circa 1518

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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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