\ ˈtra-shē How to pronounce trashy (audio) \
trashier; trashiest

Definition of trashy

2 : being, resembling, or containing trash : of inferior quality

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Other Words from trashy

trashily \ ˈtra-​shə-​lē How to pronounce trashily (audio) \ adverb
trashiness noun

Examples of trashy in a Sentence

Her outfit was a bit trashy. I know that sequined shirt cost a lot of money, but I still think it looks kind of trashy.
Recent Examples on the Web Television, in all its dramatic, comedic and sometimes trashy glory, has been one of the entertainment diversions relatively unencumbered by the pandemic, as many Americans stay home and watch. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best TV shows of 2020 so far, from 'Jeopardy! GOAT' to 'BoJack Horseman'," 22 June 2020 Netflix’s true crime-meets-trashy reality TV docuseries dropped late last month, just as Americans were asked to stay home to help flatten the curve. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: ‘Tiger King’ confuses binge-watching ‘justice’ with the real thing. That’s a problem," 2 Apr. 2020 Thanks to the coronavirus, Hoosiers have become extra trashy. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Recycling contamination up 40% in Marion County as Hoosiers make more waste at home," 28 May 2020 Who says musicians can’t be as trashy as Bachelor in Paradise contestants? Kristen Baldwin,, "Listen to Your Heart," 14 Apr. 2020 Fortunately, Jennifer’s Body is already being re-evaluated as a trashy classic, a nastier update of movies like Heathers that turns the social competition of high school into a literal bloodbath. David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Underrated Films You Should Revisit," 10 Apr. 2020 And for some reason, almost two decades after this unfortunate period of pop culture, trashy reality shows are coming back en masse. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Way too 'Extreme': Trashy reality shows' comeback makes TV revolting again," 26 Feb. 2020 Some are arguing over whether her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show was trashy or badass, and some are busy decoding the politics of her messaging. Holly Ojalvo, Quartz, "Your amazement at J Lo is ageist as hell," 5 Feb. 2020 As one of the last great classical filmmakers — but also a self-aware modernist — Bellocchio updates the mob-movie genre past its trashy American models. Armond White, National Review, "The Traitor Reimagines the Gangster Film and Modern Morality," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of trashy

circa 1620, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of trashy was circa 1620

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5 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trashy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trashy

informal + disapproving
: not decent or respectable : involving improper behavior
: very low in quality

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