adjective, trash·i·er, trash·i·est.

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 formstrash·i·ly, adverbtrash·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trashy

Contemporary Examples of trashy

Historical Examples of trashy

  • 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 or trashiest

cheap, worthless, or badly made
Derived Formstrashily, adverbtrashiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for trashy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper