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  1. anything worthless, useless, or discarded; rubbish.

  2. foolish or pointless ideas, talk, or writing; nonsense.

  1. a worthless or disreputable person.

  2. such persons collectively.

  3. literary or artistic material of poor or inferior quality.

  4. broken or torn bits, as twigs, splinters, rags, or the like.

  5. something that is broken or lopped off from anything in preparing it for use.

  6. the refuse of sugarcane after the juice has been expressed.

  7. Computers. an icon of a trash can that is used to delete files dragged onto it.

verb (used with object)
  1. Slang. to destroy, damage, or vandalize, as in anger or protest: The slovenly renters had trashed the house.

  2. to condemn, dismiss, or criticize as worthless: The article trashed several recent best-sellers.

  1. to remove the outer leaves of (a growing sugarcane plant).

  2. to free from superfluous twigs or branches.

Origin of trash

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

Other words for trash

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How to use trash in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for trash (1 of 2)


/ (træʃ) /

  1. foolish ideas or talk; nonsense

  2. mainly US and Canadian useless or unwanted matter or objects

  1. a literary or artistic production of poor quality

  2. mainly US and Canadian a poor or worthless person or a group of such people

  3. bits that are broken or lopped off, esp the trimmings from trees or plants

  4. the dry remains of sugar cane after the juice has been extracted

  1. to remove the outer leaves and branches from (growing plants, esp sugar cane)

  2. slang to attack or destroy (someone or something) wilfully or maliciously

Origin of trash

C16: of obscure origin; perhaps related to Norwegian trask

Derived forms of trash

  • trashery, noun

British Dictionary definitions for trash (2 of 2)


/ (træʃ) archaic /

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

  1. a lead for a dog

Origin of trash

C17: perhaps from obsolete French tracier to track, trace 1

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