or trash talk

[trash-taw-king or trash-tawk]


disparaging or boastful language used especially to demoralize or intimidate opponents: trash-talking in the locker room.

Origin of trash-talking

An Americanism dating back to 1985–90



verb (used without object)

to use disparaging or boastful language.
Related formstrash-talk·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trash-talking

Contemporary Examples of trash-talking

  • Hands on buzzers: One's a trash-talking thug trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

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    Who (Allegedly) Said It?

    Benjamin Sarlin

    December 9, 2008