verb (used with object)

Origin of trash

1325–75; Middle English trasches (plural), apparently cognate with Norwegian trask rubbish; akin to Old English trus brushwood, Old Norse tros rubbish

Synonyms for trash Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trash

Contemporary Examples of trash

Historical Examples of trash

  • It is well known in the West Country, but the old words are trash.

  • They knew what they were doing when they passed their trash upon her!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • I deny it;—the dramatic muse, as you call him, was a fool:—trash indeed!

  • It is not that I wished to know for how much you wrote that trash: but with what object.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • "We'll dig a hole and bury all the trash," said Eustice Gray instantly.


    Josephine Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for trash




foolish ideas or talk; nonsense
mainly US and Canadian useless or unwanted matter or objects
a literary or artistic production of poor quality
mainly US and Canadian a poor or worthless person or a group of such people
bits that are broken or lopped off, esp the trimmings from trees or plants
the dry remains of sugar cane after the juice has been extracted


to remove the outer leaves and branches from (growing plants, esp sugar cane)
slang to attack or destroy (someone or something) wilfully or maliciously
Derived Formstrashery, noun

Word Origin for trash

C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to Norwegian trask




(tr) to restrain with or as if with a lead


a lead for a dog

Word Origin for trash

C17: perhaps from obsolete French tracier to track, trace 1
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Word Origin and History for trash

"anything of little use or value," late 14c., perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse tros "rubbish, fallen leaves and twigs," Norwegian dialectal trask "lumber, trash, baggage," Swedish trasa "rags, tatters"), of unknown origin. Applied to ill-bred persons or groups from 1604 ("Othello"). Applied to domestic refuse or garbage in 1906 (American English).


"to discard as worthless," 1895, from trash (n.); in the sense of "destroy, vandalize" it is attested from 1970; extended to "criticize severely" in 1975. Related: Trashed; trashing.

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