Definition of trash talk in US English:

trash talk

(also trash talking)

noun

US
informal
  • Insulting or boastful speech intended to demoralize, intimidate, or humiliate someone, especially an opponent in an athletic contest.

    ‘he heard more trash talk from the Giants before the game than during the game’
    ‘stop the trash talking and stop the violence’
    • ‘And does he worry that his trash talk about the unreliability of U.S. Treasury Bonds might start to make our creditors around the world, like, for instance, China, just a tad nervous?’
    • ‘We're talking bluster and light-hearted trash talk as we each announce our picks.’
    • ‘Would it be wise to encourage our students to exchange fact-based narrative for edgy commentary and digital trash talk?’
    • ‘But they have to start this kind of trash talk early on to get people noticing things.’
    • ‘Frankly, Shawn Perine and I, seated across the table from Jones, had already forgotten the barb, for it seemed nearly innocuous when weighed against typical bodybuilding trash talk.’
    • ‘What began as light trash talk became bawdy comedy as the show progressed.’
    • ‘Meet two CEOs who take trash-talking to a whole ‘nother level.’
    • ‘I think it sells a lot better for TV, but I used to look at the old fighters like Joe Louis and I hardly ever heard trash talk at their press conferences.’
    • ‘Customize your interview trash-talking for the person giving the interview.’
    • ‘They lash out with trash talk and threats and constant references to their own resolve because they are afraid.’
    • ‘‘That would be a form of trash talk,’ he once explained.’
    • ‘But if your anglers get skunked, you risk shame and humiliation on the weigh-in stage… not to mention a litany of trash talk from other fantasy players.’
    • ‘McGrady's point about truth in trash talk seems valid - among the floggings, few stopped to ask whether what McGrady said was true.’
    • ‘None of it is true, which is the essence of all trash talk.’
    • ‘Watch the game, and you'll hear plenty of trash talk from the players who have been miked for the game.’
    • ‘This entire front I put up, laughing, joking, trash-talking, it's all fake.’
    • ‘But they go there and hit them with the same trash talk that worked so well last year.’
    • ‘This is supposed to be good natured playoff trash talk.’
    • ‘Despite the derision that its scripted matches, over-the-top trash talk, and outlandish characters sometimes inspire, professional wrestling is big business.’
    • ‘But if someone said something big enough to satisfy my thirst for trash talk of any kind, I'd have heard about it.’
    insults, curses, jibes, slurs, expletives, swear words
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verb

[no object]trash-talk
US
informal
  • Use insulting or boastful speech intended to demoralize.

    ‘their players do not swear or tussle or trash-talk’
    ‘the worst trash-talking team they had ever encountered’
    • ‘Does he mean that Federation Square is hostile, like rappers trash-talk their enemies?’
    • ‘Austin was the first wrestler to adopt the WWF's ‘attitude’, he became the beer-swelling, trash-talking, foul-mouthed SOB that he is, or was should I say.’
    • ‘Nor can I think of another team so quick to trash-talk the beanballer or beanbalee.’
    • ‘Even further, stations themselves often trash-talk about the other stations in a broadcast market.’
    • ‘After realizing that we've managed to burn only 14 minutes of the lunch hour, we succumb to that intoxicatingly familiar urge to trash talk our superiors.’
    • ‘Whether it was Magic Johnson trash-talking with Larry Bird or Knicks fans giving Reggie Miller the bird, the NBA has seen some super rivalries.’
    • ‘Grove concludes, however, rather anticlimactically, ‘yesterday, Peterson and Holbrooke assured me that they're just old friends who love to trash-talk each other.’’
    • ‘Then, his head bouncing up and down, he trash-talked face-to-face with Dawkins before chucking the ball deep into the stands.’
    • ‘Keep trash-talking, and we still hope he might snap like he used to.’
    • ‘Franken wrote that book, I think, as a response to the conservative vice of delightedly and loudly trash-talking against their enemies.’
    • ‘‘We've been trash-talking about the gold medal all season,’ Hasek says.’
    • ‘He's not going to put it in your face or trash-talk or do anything like that, because that just wouldn't be his style.’
    • ‘They were both up and down for most of the night and although Dorey continues to feel mildly compelled to trash talk, he slept stretched out beside me and was obviously not genuinely upset.’
    • ‘I'll lay it out my views, trash talk the other side a bit, you know, goad them to answer back, then tell them to shut up when they do.’
    • ‘In this day of the loud, trash-talking, me-first NBA star, Millers is refreshingly quiet and humble.’
    • ‘But the thing I'm really proudest of is watching people totally get into the game in multiplayer, trash-talking and coming up with all kinds of wild tactics to destroy each other.’
    • ‘We can trash-talk all we want in-game, but there's very little that's gained by taking that outside of the competitive arena.’
    • ‘To insure that various allies didn't steal away core funders, he would keep his distance and be inclined to trash talk behind their backs.’
    • ‘(By the way, there's nothing more humiliating to a 34-year-old video game reviewer than getting blasted away and trash-talked down to by a punk 12-year-old on Xbox Live).’
    offend, cause offence to, give offence to, affront, abuse, be rude to, call someone names, slight, disparage, discredit, libel, slander, malign, defame, denigrate, cast aspersions on, impugn, slur, revile, calumniate
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Pronunciation

trash talk

/træʃ tɔk/