- anything worthless, useless, or discarded; rubbish.
- foolish or pointless ideas, talk, or writing; nonsense.
- a worthless or disreputable person.
- such persons collectively.
- literary or artistic material of poor or inferior quality.
- broken or torn bits, as twigs, splinters, rags, or the like.
- something that is broken or lopped off from anything in preparing it for use.
- the refuse of sugar cane after the juice has been expressed.
- Computers. an icon of a trash can that is used to delete files dragged onto it.
- Slang. to destroy, damage, or vandalize, as in anger or protest: The slovenly renters had trashed the house.
- to condemn, dismiss, or criticize as worthless: The article trashed several recent best-sellers.
- to remove the outer leaves of (a growing sugar cane plant).
- to free from superfluous twigs or branches.
Origin of trash
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Examples from the Web for trash
When two NYPD lieutenants intervened, police say Linsker put the trash can down but resisted arrest.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
Aside from producing odors and mountains of trash, they increasingly produce power.Garbage In, Power Out
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
The song went into the trash can of rock and roll history, and it took almost 50 years for it to find the right singer.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
November 17, 2014
The problem runs far deeper, to an absurdly narrow legal definition of ‘corruption’ that throws democracy on the trash heap.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface
November 12, 2014
Yeonmi gathered clothes from the trash, while her parents collected water from a dripping tap.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
It is well known in the West Country, but the old words are trash.The Letters of Robert Burns
They knew what they were doing when they passed their trash upon her!Salted With Fire
I deny it;—the dramatic muse, as you call him, was a fool:—trash indeed!The Politician Out-Witted
It is not that I wished to know for how much you wrote that trash: but with what object.Debts of Honor
"We'll dig a hole and bury all the trash," said Eustice Gray instantly.Rosemary
- 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
- (tr) to restrain with or as if with a lead
- a lead for a dog
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.