\ 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

The organization advises that any lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools or trash cans should be moved inside to prevent them from being blown away from strong winds and possibly hurting someone. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Hurricane Dorian storm tracker, plus your questions answered," 30 Aug. 2019 If possible, fill water storage containers such as rain barrels, water tanks or trash cans before Sept. 9, to have irrigation water available for use during the shutdown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vallecitos Water District urges water restrictions during pipeline repair," 29 Aug. 2019 The three used a trash can from inside the business to carry the items, police reports said. Cody Boteler,, "Towson and Cockeysville crime: Exxon and Liquor Mart burglarized on same night," 27 Aug. 2019 Students had to use trash cans and closets for bathroom purposes. Josiah Bates, Time, "Colorado School District Providing Kitty Litter Buckets for Kids to Use the Bathroom During Lockdowns," 23 Aug. 2019 Thanks to an anaerobic digester (turning waste into energy), there isn't even a trash can. Tabitha Joyce, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why the World's Best Chefs Care About Trash," 23 Aug. 2019 They can be reused for tasks like lining trash cans or picking up dog waste. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "See the complicated landscape of plastic bans in the U.S.," 15 Aug. 2019 The woman who was caught on a security camera throwing seven puppies into a trash can in Coachella, California, pleaded guilty Wednesday to 14 counts of animal cruelty and animal abandonment. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Coachella woman sentenced to jail for dumping puppies in the trash," 15 Aug. 2019 Building staff found the dog dead in a trash compactor. Evan Macdonald,, "Garfield Heights woman’s 10-day jail term for feeding cats is harsher than punishment for some who killed or starved pets," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Anybody who works outside or plays outside in the summer will tell you that T-shirts get trashed. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Things You Need to Beat the Heat," 17 July 2019 Shops stay open yet nothing is trashed along the way. Christine Loh, Time, "Hong Kong Needs a Deep Dialogue of Reconciliation In Order to Move Forward," 5 July 2019 And for this, Barr has been mercilessly trashed by the Democrats. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: A.G. Bill Barr must find true reasons for Trump/Russia probe," 27 June 2019 Never mind that they, and virtually all their moderators, were increasingly trashed for not just allowing but encouraging and facilitating verbal skirmishes that passed for political debate. Mary Mcnamara,, "Commentary: The first Democratic debate won’t break ratings records. And that’s OK," 26 June 2019 Even if just one of the many ingredients within a sweet or savory find has been repurposed instead of trashed, that’s a good thing. SELF, "These Companies Are Trying to Get You to Buy Food That’s Made With Scraps," 1 Aug. 2019 The diesel scandal trashed confidence among consumers and regulators in diesel technology, and cost Volkswagen more than $30 billion in recalls, legal penalties and settlements. Charles Riley, CNN, "Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler charged with fraud over diesel scandal," 31 July 2019 Although the two never crossed paths at Dortmund, the Liverpool manager did act as landlord to the young star in Germany, who reportedly 'trashed' the house before his move from Germany to Catalonia., "Liverpool Ready to Back Jurgen Klopp for Ousmane Dembele if Manager Wants Big-Money Signing," 4 July 2019 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

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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
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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