\ ˈtrash How to pronounce trash (audio) \

Definition of trash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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) : 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

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 Scituate police encouraged residents to take measures to prevent the bear from being attracted to their property, including not setting out bird feeders, securing their trash, and removing items that could attract bears., 7 June 2021 Speltz said the company has seen improvements downtown in recent months but wants to continue to see concerted action to address criminal activity, vandalism, trash and graffiti downtown to ensure that their employees can feel safe in returning. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 4 June 2021 Solid waste contract haulers are filling in outside of their normal schedules picking up garbage, recyclables, bulk trash and yard waste to make up for the shortage, which can result in irregular waste collection. Katie Rice,, 4 June 2021 Residents will be required to pay for additional services, such as extra trash and recycle carts and charges for replacement carts. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Dispose of trash regularly and repair leaking pipes. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 2 June 2021 City residents are charged money to have their trash collected, and that totals about $14.5 million. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2021 India is among the world's largest waste producers, and a city like Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India, would drown in its own trash if not for them. Aniruddha Ghosal, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 The city’s public works department, which handles trash, recycling and other services, would see its budget grow from by about $50 million to $657 million, according to the budget proposal. Hallie Miller,, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Around 2006, Mary Kay Harper, president of the Montgomery County Historical Society, learned that the Gazette was planning to trash its print archive, which was stuffed into filing cabinets in a haphazard fashion. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 And trash collection at encampments isn’t done on a consistent schedule. oregonlive, 22 May 2021 The latter is likely to trash your legs far more than the former, and professional stage racing is full of sudden shifts between low and high intensities. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 23 Apr. 2021 What prompted me to write about this deal, which has been covered extensively, is that AT&T is planning to trash the income of its retail stockholders by sharply cutting its annual cash dividend. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Dwight Eisenhower ostensibly ignored him while having his press secretary trash him. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, 21 May 2021 And trash and uneaten food are strewn about everywhere. oregonlive, 14 May 2021 Police reported dozens of ultra-Orthodox men had blocked a main Jerusalem street and set fire to trash in a protest late Saturday evening. Andrew Carey And Amir Tal, CNN, 2 May 2021 And while Democrats have not been eager to trash the proposal openly, some have worried about the effect such a drastic change in the tax code could have on the economy. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of trash


circa 1529, 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 1529

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9 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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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