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[trash-ee] /ˈtræʃ i/
adjective, trashier, trashiest.
of the nature of trash; inferior in quality; rubbishy; useless or worthless.
(of a field) strewn with trash, especially the withered vegetation from an earlier crop.
Origin of trashy
First recorded in 1610-20; trash + -y1
Related forms
trashily, adverb
trashiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for trashy
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  • It didn't read like the other trashy things in there, and it sounded honest.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The trashy novels pay well because his wife and daughters like them.


    William Graham Sumner
  • I'm afraid I've given you trashy stuff sometimes, just to keep you quiet.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • They have gone back to the weak, trashy ending which I discarded.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
  • Tomfoolery, nonsense; trashy, mild, and innocuous literature.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for trashy


adjective trashier, trashiest
cheap, worthless, or badly made
Derived Forms
trashily, adverb
trashiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trashy

"worthless," 1610s, from trash (n.) + -y (2). Related: Trashiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for trashy



Despicable; inferior; low-rent, low ride (1620+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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