\ˈtrash \

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

Footage from the Ruffin Road business park showed task force officers and agents removing large black trash bags from a third-floor business. Alex Riggins,, "8 detained in DEA raids across county," 13 July 2018 The riders have cleaned up more than 14 miles of road and filled 76 trash bags. Kate Murphy,, "Jobs Van offers Cincinnati panhandlers $45 cash for a day's work," 11 July 2018 Just look back on how Harry Maguire, who headed in Saturday's first goal, reported for England duty for the first time last year with his clothing in a black trash bag rather than designer luggage. Rob Harris,, "After so much humiliation, England's World Cup team a source of national pride," 7 July 2018 The curb outside was lined with more than a dozen trash bags of clothing. Julia Terruso,, "Why Philly is a particularly bad place to get bedbugs," 5 July 2018 Pearland resident Leigh Ann Moreno shared a video with of a coyote looking for a snack in her neighbor's trash bags in the Dixie Woods neighborhood on June 12. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "After pack of coyotes kills dog, Harris County homeowner calls for action," 2 July 2018 Inside that container was a trash bag with the infant's body in it, according to the affidavit. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Parents charged with murder after baby's body found hidden in cat litter," 15 June 2018 An 18-year-old in southeast Missouri stole a dog outside a woman's apartment, stabbed the animal to death and left the dog's remains in a trash bag outside her front door, authorities allege. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Teen stabbed dog 11 times, Missouri cops say. Owner believes he was out for revenge," 8 June 2018 That includes about $500 worth of trash bags, according to an incident report filed with police. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "Man stole $8,000 worth of cleaning supplies from CMS schools, CMS says," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wimbledon, England Ever since tennis players trashed their wooden rackets and brought composite weapons to the All England Club, volleys at Wimbledon have become a dying breed. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "On Wimbledon’s Grass, Volleys Still Make a Difference," 9 July 2018 For the scene Noxon has just filmed, the office was trashed by its occupant, Kitty, played by Julianna Margulies. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marti Noxon Wants to Put Angry Women on TV," 15 May 2018 Mexico’s manager, Juan Carlos Osorio, has worked wonders with the team, but has been trashed by the fans and media, the most critical and fickle in soccer. Scott Ostler,, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 Although the President has routinely taken to Twitter to trash the investigation, Pence has not been nearly as outspoken on the special counsel's activities. Elizabeth Landers, CNN, "Mike Pence tells Mueller 'it's time to wrap it up'," 10 May 2018 Six teens used tables and other broken pieces of furniture to trash a housing pod. Cory Shaffer,, "Officials to announce reforms to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center," 4 Apr. 2018 Mislintat has been in Dortmund this week along with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in order to trash out a deal for Aubameyang this month., "Former FA Chief Executive Believes Arsenal Head of Recruitment Is Key to Completing Aubameyang Deal," 25 Jan. 2018 The local media, like a group of Madame DeFarges knitting at the guillotine, have publicly trashed Ms. Morgan since the beginning of the case. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Widow of UAW boss is 'trying to buy her way out of prison'," 7 July 2018 Police trashed the evidence in the 1990s, well after authorities became aware of DNA’s value in solving crimes. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.," 22 June 2018

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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

: something that is very low in quality



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

: to throw away (something)

: to cause great damage to (something)

: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly


\ˈtrash \

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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