Definition of trash in English:



  • 1North American Waste material; refuse.

    ‘the subway entrance was blocked with trash’
    • ‘Filled with trash and discarded items, it burned up in the Earth's atmosphere soon afterward.’
    • ‘They are like waves pounding a shore, the wide, vast shore that is my mind - now beginning to fill with the litter and trash of a discarded relationship.’
    • ‘Landowners, too, can be held responsible should someone decide to discard their trash on private property.’
    • ‘Rinse containers well before discarding in the trash.’
    • ‘The older fisherman can recall former days when the waters were clear and the beaches were free of trash and discarded items.’
    • ‘Now, slam-dunk those soggy tissues into the trash… right along with that yearbook photo you ripped down from inside your locker.’
    • ‘Snowdrifts of plastic shopping bags and discarded fast-food trash got you down?’
    • ‘Someone could go through your trash to find discarded receipts or carbons and use them to learn your account numbers.’
    • ‘I know but he refuses to empty the trash himself.’
    • ‘If it's diseased or infested with insects, bag it and discard in the trash.’
    • ‘The walls were torn and dirty, books were scattered everywhere; pages ripped out and discarded like trash.’
    • ‘Magazines, plastic cups, and all sort of trash were discarded all across the floor.’
    • ‘Discarded trash and rusty machines lay dead within the yard.’
    • ‘Bacteria and fungi primarily break down the organic matter in the trash.’
    • ‘Drills, lathes, and milling machines produce metal trimmings that machine shops discard as trash or melt down for reuse.’
    • ‘Do away with the trash; line your pockets with cash.’
    • ‘She sighed and tossed the bottle into the trash.’
    • ‘The sharp needle tips are collected inside the container and the remainder of the syringe barrel can be safely discarded in the trash.’
    • ‘Daphne had work to do, collecting pillows and helping people discard trash.’
    • ‘Medical sharps, such as disposable hypodermic needles and scalpel blades should never be discarded loosely into the trash.’
    rubbish, waste, waste material, refuse, litter, garbage, debris, junk, dross, detritus, sweepings, dregs, remains
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    1. 1.1Cultural items, ideas, or objects of poor quality.
      ‘if they read at all, they read trash’
      • ‘But I think a better activity for you would be learning to spell and read something except trash novels and books.’
      • ‘There's the tabloid variety trash filled with the juicy details of the latest break-ups and make-ups.’
      • ‘This concept was rejected as trash and thrown into dust in 1990 as a result of anti - India insurgency.’
      • ‘I don't subscribe to the view that readers in this market equate broadsheet with quality and tabloid with trash.’
      • ‘I was lying in my cell, reading some trash from the prison library, wondering who they were going to give me as a cellmate.’
      • ‘As far as throwaway movies go, it is top quality trash.’
      • ‘I'm also talking rip-offs, exploitation movies, mindless sequels, trash masquerading as quality.’
      • ‘A small warning though, I have been known to read complete trash from time to time.’
      • ‘You catch up on movies, read trash and get tucked in by nice young men who offer you Vogue…’
      • ‘In fact the idea of trash tabloids is just the opposite.’
      • ‘It is tabloid trash no matter how you dress it up or justify it to yourselves.’
      • ‘While I agree with Flux that this movie will probably be trash, I have to disagree about the vehicle shifting properties of the robots.’
      • ‘Compare the trash of the entirety of this year's SuperBowl halftime compared with the classic halftime performance of U2 two years ago.’
      • ‘It'll probably make good trash midweek viewing once the characters have established and the inevitable ‘het girl gets drunk and sleeps with a woman’ happens.’
      • ‘But after reading this article from this damn tabloid trash, I am being won over.’
      • ‘Nothing like an unbiased free press to stir up intelligent debate, although coming from the UK, with its tabloid trash, I'm hardly one to talk really.’
      • ‘Their hands, mostly left clasping right, or right clasping left, holding the odd newspaper or the odd trash tabloid, grasping the odd book like a lifeline.’
      • ‘Thinking that the books are frivolous trash of no value is apparently an out-of-date misconception common only to those who have never read them.’
      • ‘I am astonished that The Register continues to carry this trash (or, for that matter, its author).’
      nonsense, drivel, pap, gibberish, balderdash, bunkum, humbug, rubbish, moonshine
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  • 2North American A person or people regarded as being of very low social standing.

    ‘clubs patronized by rock trash’
    • ‘Yet Shaft keeps on operating, pulling questionable legal tricks and using deceit and deception to fool the gangland trash of the streets.’
    • ‘This idiot is the worst kind of trash imaginable.’
    • ‘Though her father repeatedly refers to poor whites as trash, her mother insists that they be referred to as people.’
    • ‘If she lived in a small American town, we'd consider her trash.’
    • ‘I don't care how rich or accomplished a person is, if they cannot show basic manners in public then they're trash.’
    • ‘Hopefully, this action will aid me in getting rid of the unwanted trash reading my blog.’
    • ‘When Eddy showed up at Sir Christopher's Cassandra had immediately sized her up as no good foreign trash and taken to making her education the worst possible.’
    • ‘Otherwise, I'm afraid, it's you who ends up looking like bottom-feeding trash - no matter how you speak or where you went to school.’
    • ‘It was the perfect cliché of poor white redneck trash.’
    rabble, scum, vermin, dregs, good-for-nothings, lowest of the low, underclass, the dregs, untouchables, the hoi polloi
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  • 3West Indian The leaves, tops, and crushed stems of sugar cane, used as fuel.

    • ‘Burnable pellets made from cotton gin trash are in a testing phase.’
    • ‘Sugar cane farmers would be foolish to send their cane trash to the Broadwater sugar mill co-generation power plant.’
    • ‘The plant will burn cane trash to produce electricity, meaning that up to 550 trucks - one a minute - will travel the 7km stretch of road daily during the cane season.’
    • ‘Sugar mills can burn cane trash, or bagasse, to generate electricity, which can then be fed into the national electricity grid; and ethanol derived from molasses is a cleaner fuel than petrol.’


  • 1North American informal Damage or destroy.

    ‘my apartment's been totally trashed’
    • ‘Vandals have trashed 52 shopping trolleys, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.’
    • ‘I certainly think there was a backlash, especially when I found out their dressing room got trashed after the show.’
    • ‘I booked him into the West Hollywood Hyatt, which is known as the Riot House and is famous for getting trashed by rock stars.’
    • ‘The Hawkeridge Park facility was reopened last week more than eight months after it was trashed by drunk teenagers.’
    • ‘It was badly trashed, very, very badly trashed and I think it cost us about $40,000 with the damage that was done to the clinic.’
    • ‘The rioters did not try escape, and instead focused their rage on the prison kitchen, which was looted and then trashed, before order was restored by a combined police and correctional services task team.’
    • ‘For a few minutes scores of protesters, wearing trademark black clothes and gas masks, trashed a branch of the Credito Italiano bank.’
    • ‘All too often one envisages a harried producer refusing to agree to the cost of another trashed vehicle.’
    • ‘I told him, my car got trashed in a string of break-ins.’
    • ‘Today is laundry day and I also have to reconstruct R.'s closet, which the cats totally trashed.’
    • ‘Sections of the route had been well and truly trashed and, as this was summer, the state of the lane in winter can only be imagined.’
    • ‘A note stuck into my seat told the story: some delivery truck had backed into it, knocking it over, trashing my trunk case, and most of the left side paint and turn signals.’
    • ‘Martin, we could tell, was entirely cool about the idea of his house getting totally trashed.’
    • ‘Those who push to strip away the traditional protections of privacy may be trashing a prerequisite of personal freedom.’
    • ‘The Rainbow Café was singled out for comprehensive destruction, with stock and equipment inside the building trashed, and the building suffering structural damage.’
    • ‘Anyone who scientifically proves any parapsychological phenomenon gets their method criticised and their reputation trashed.’
    • ‘The waters of the Tigris ran red with human blood, many libraries perished, water resources trashed, irreplaceable cultural treasures were lost.’
    • ‘Two days later Miss Armistead's home was broken into and trashed.’
    • ‘Union officials reported farm buildings were trashed and vehicles used to take away furniture, fertiliser and building materials.’
    • ‘If you return home and find that you have been robbed and the house trashed, the police will scarcely be persuaded to take an interest in this routine occurrence.’
    wreck, ruin, damage, destroy
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    1. 1.1Computing Kill (a file or process) or wipe (a disk)
      ‘she almost trashed the email window’
      • ‘Now (after a couple months training it) anything Mail thinks is junk can be safely trashed automatically.’
      • ‘I hit the wrong key one night and trashed 70K words.’
      • ‘That ignores the fact that most people won't opt-out, but will simply trash the email.’
      • ‘None of those solutions trashes the email completely, but by setting it all aside, I can scan them all pretty quickly and spot any false positives.’
      • ‘At the very least, do the back-up and be sure that you can recover your system in the unlikely event that it should get trashed.’
  • 2North American informal Criticize severely.

    ‘trade associations trashed the legislation as deficient’
    • ‘Regularly, those who seriously criticised it have had their opinions trashed, their lives, and their activities traduced, and we have learned bitterly not to accept anything about it at face value.’
    • ‘The decade has been trashed and abused and generally ostracized.’
    • ‘What if a critic trashes something that is really close to you?’
    • ‘He made a film the critics trashed and the audiences ignored.’
    • ‘However their experience is depressing: ideas are dumbed down, creativity ignored, and people trashed.’
    • ‘Yes, the film has been roundly trashed by many critics, but for my money, I thought it had some serious gusto.’
    • ‘I know all of you out there in theatreland think that critics are never happier than when they're trashing something, but it's - in most cases - not true.’
    • ‘All the credible scientists, of course, are saying that this is nonsense, it is simple minded, and absolutely have trashed it but the Japanese insist that they must go forward.’
    • ‘Critics frequently trash hip hop because commercialism dominates the genre.’
    • ‘This film is getting absolutely trashed by the critics.’
    • ‘That's why he's here tonight at a Republican Convention after putting out a documentary trashing President Bush, heavily criticizing President Bush.’
    • ‘I am a relatively well known journalist who the Premier of NSW trashed in public.’
    • ‘But the burden for achieving national unity is on a president who could manage a narrow victory only by savagely trashing his opponent.’
    • ‘Many of our generation glamorized casual sex and drug use, evaded responsibility, and trashed authority.’
    • ‘He added: ‘To have your work of 25 years trashed publicly in a few hours is not easy to take.’’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the local scene, which should be supported, gets trashed and misrepresented by bitter, brainless writers in this overgrown club flyer you call a paper.’
    • ‘The critics trashed it, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music canceled it in mid-run.’
    • ‘The speaker however trashed (pun unintended) our idea.’
    • ‘You're in a unique position in that you're a celebrity but one who's most famous for trashing her fallow celebrates.’
    • ‘Critics have trashed the film for its antiquated premise.’
    criticize, lambaste, censure, attack, insult, abuse, give a bad press to, condemn, flay, savage
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  • 3informal Intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.

    ‘there was booze, but nobody really got trashed’
    • ‘Whose partner got trashed in the VIP area of Fabric nightclub and stripped off on the dance floor?’
    • ‘I sometimes get a little trashed at the weekends, but I've never seen anyone get as trashed as him.’
    • ‘Some people they didn't even know, everyone was trashed, there were beer cans and alcohol bottles everywhere.’
    • ‘I was so sick of getting trashed and airing my dirty laundry about the country and not being able to do anything about it.’
    • ‘I got fully trashed, made new friends, and picked up.’
    • ‘So that's why I slept surprisingly well for a guy whose body was trashed with alcohol.’
    • ‘Though the young couple arrives with good intentions, social niceties are smashed as the foursome gets trashed.’
    • ‘He says: ‘It was a time when a lot of people started taking heroin and generally getting trashed and acting in an utterly amoral and horrible fashion.’’
    • ‘Depressed and eager to get trashed, she meets up with her friends in a corner bar, which turns out to be a gay club.’
    • ‘I'm staring at the telly, pleasantly trashed, not yet ready to let the feeling end, giving free rein to the right side of my brain, letting it lead me through whatever unexpected connections it chooses to make.’
    • ‘Two friends took me out that night to a comedy club, and I got trashed.’
    • ‘And they enjoy a few beers, and occasionally get trashed.’
    • ‘It was the end of our exams, so as was inevitable, I ended up trashed - after spending the best part of five hours in the Gunnies.’
    • ‘But no time to ponder as I must now go to the pub and get trashed!’
    • ‘None of this is to say that there's no middle ground, that a hunter won't end up dating a friend or that a farmer won't get trashed and do something he or she will end up regretting the next morning.’
    • ‘For some the term is an oxymoron, used only jokingly when referring to the number of keggers that one manages to get trashed at during a school term.’
    • ‘It's very New York, where people wear expensive casual chic to work then go straight out to a bar and get trashed on Cosmopolitans.’
    • ‘We don't get trashed and we leave at a sensible time.’
    • ‘Bands got trashed there, rock stars hung out - even Keanu Reeves was spotted there.’
    • ‘But that was pretty cool, to come out of his studio, and instead of being around a bunch of musicians smoking pot and getting trashed, he'd come out and talk to the kids about school supplies.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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  • 4Strip (sugar canes) of their outer leaves to ripen them faster.


Late Middle English: of unknown origin. The verb is first recorded (mid 18th century) in trash; the other senses have arisen in the 20th century.