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Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something worth little or nothing: such as
b(1) : inferior or worthless writing or artistic matter (such as a television show) especially : such matter intended purely for sensational entertainment
(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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many were enslaved, raped and, in hundreds of cases, beaten to death or left to die, their bodies dumped like trash in the woods. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: Abusive S Korean facility exported children," 9 Nov. 2019 Hodges said when crews come across personal belongings that are not trash or a debris item, they are typically stored for 30 days. Fox News, "Homeless encampments under Austin highway overpasses to be cleared out, Texas governor says," 30 Oct. 2019 Every other Saturday, roughly half a dozen kids volunteer to pick up trash in Parramore, typically honing in on one street at a time. Tess Sheets,, "Volunteers gather to clean up Parramore to put ‘unity back in community’," 26 Oct. 2019 Fire officials were investigating what caused the trash in the truck to catch fire in Calimesa., "Police Chief Michel Moore said mandatory evacuations encompassed about 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes.," 12 Oct. 2019 Modi released a short video on Twitter showing him walking barefoot in the sand, collecting the trash in a bag on Saturday morning in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indian Prime Minister Modi picks up trash from beach," 12 Oct. 2019 Fire officials were investigating what caused the trash in the truck to catch fire in Calimesa. John Antczak, The Denver Post, "Authorities order 100,000 evacuated in Southern California wildfire," 11 Oct. 2019 Recycled soles Recyclables are not just another form of trash. Karen Winterich, Quartz, "One simple tweak that would get more people to recycle," 10 Oct. 2019 Peter Ryan, an ornithologist at the University of Cape Town, has been visiting since 1984, analysing the origins of the trash. The Economist, "Bouncing with Boris," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The owner of a popular restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, returned to her establishment earlier this week to a shock after discovering that the establishment had been trashed and vandalized. Essence, "Black-Owned Mississippi Restaurant Vandalized With Racist Graffiti," 1 Oct. 2019 Like Donna on prom night, Tori gets trashed in Vegas and ends up in trouble. Judy Berman, Time, "The 90210 Revival Is Weird as Hell—But At Least It's Not Boring," 6 Aug. 2019 The restrictionist talk-show right is trashing the deal, and Mr. Trump’s grousing Tuesday may reflect that criticism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Declaring Border Victory," 12 Feb. 2019 Greg’s had a relatively uneventful run of Season 2 so far; other than living in an apartment funded (and often, trashed) by Kendall, Greg’s biggest plot point revolves around his warring conscience. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019 Previously, Amazon reportedly trashed products left in its warehouses that sellers were unable to offload. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon will now donate unsold third-party products instead of destroying them," 14 Aug. 2019 On his frequent camping trips to Big Island, Upholt uses Mississippi River water to brew his morning coffee, which works against the long-standing notion of the trashed, tamed, polluted old river. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "On a Wild Patch of Mississippi Soil," 14 Aug. 2019 In high school, Betts was known to talk about politics and would frequently trash Republicans, according to the Washington Post. Cameron Knight,, "Dayton shooting: What we know about Connor Betts' politics," 7 Aug. 2019 As Marc was saying, this is this is trashing someone's reputation in a way that can't get it back. Fox News, "Kavanaugh: I never sexually assaulted anyone," 24 Sep. 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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14 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for trash

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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