Definition of trash talk in English:

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trash talk

(also trash talking) 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
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  • Despite the derision that its scripted matches, over-the-top trash talk, and outlandish characters sometimes inspire, professional wrestling is big business.
  • 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.
  • We're talking bluster and light-hearted trash talk as we each announce our picks.


[no object] (trash-talk)
Use insulting or boastful speech intended to demoralize: their players do not swear or tussle or trash-talk (as adjective trash-talking) the worst trash-talking team they had ever encountered
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  • Even further, stations themselves often trash-talk about the other stations in a broadcast market.
  • 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.
  • 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.


trash talker

(also trash-talker) noun
Example sentences
  • I was never a big trash talker in college, but if somebody was a bit cocky, I let them know it.
  • I'm really not much of a trash talker.
  • He isn't popular among opponents - he's a trash talker who will do anything to gain a competitive edge - but he definitely is one of the two or three best players on the team.

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Syllabification: trash talk

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