trash

1 of 2

noun

1
: something worth little or nothing: such as
a
: things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have been thrown away : 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)
(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

trash

2 of 2

verb

trashed; trashing; trashes

transitive verb

1
: throw away sense 1
standards of reality and truth were trashedEdwin Diamond
2
3
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

Examples of trash in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Witnesses describe gun's recovery Former Delaware State Police lieutenant Millard Greer described tracking down the gun after Hallie Biden had thrown it in the trash outside the supermarket. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 6 June 2024 Alexander Wang's latest fashion show had a little bit of everything: models breaking glass, attendees sitting on trash bags and car seats, Ice Spice in the front row and big names walking the runway. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024
Verb
In choosing Trump, Faulconer may have permanently trashed his yearslong effort to appear nonpartisan. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2024 And again the choice is going to be so clear this time between Joe Biden, somebody who's protecting democracy, and Donald Trump who wants to trash it. ABC News, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for trash 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1902, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trash was circa 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Trash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trash. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

trash

noun
ˈtrash
1
: something of little or no value: as
b
: silly or worthless talk or works (as books)
2
: a low or worthless person
also : such persons as a group : rabble sense 2
trashy
ˈtrash-ē
adjective

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