Definition of trash in English:


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Pronunciation: /traʃ


[mass noun]
  • 2North American A person or people regarded as being of very low social standing: clubs patronized by rock trash
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    • If she lived in a small American town, we'd consider her trash.
    • 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.
    • Yet Shaft keeps on operating, pulling questionable legal tricks and using deceit and deception to fool the gangland trash of the streets.
    rabble, scum, vermin, dregs, good-for-nothings, lowest of the low, underclass, the dregs, untouchables, the hoi polloi; French canaille
    informal riff-raff
  • 3 (also cane trash) West Indian The leaves, tops, and crushed stems of sugar cane, used as fuel.
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    • 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.


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  • 1 informal , chiefly North American Damage or destroy: my apartment’s been totally trashed
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    • For a few minutes scores of protesters, wearing trademark black clothes and gas masks, trashed a branch of the Credito Italiano bank.
    • 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.
    • Those who push to strip away the traditional protections of privacy may be trashing a prerequisite of personal freedom.
  • 1.1 Computing Kill (a file or process) or wipe (a disk): she almost trashed the email window
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    • 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.
    • That ignores the fact that most people won't opt-out, but will simply trash the email.
    • Now (after a couple months training it) anything Mail thinks is junk can be safely trashed automatically.
  • 3 (as adjective trashed) • informal Intoxicated with alcohol or drugs: there was booze, but nobody really got trashed
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    • So that's why I slept surprisingly well for a guy whose body was trashed with alcohol.
    • Bands got trashed there, rock stars hung out - even Keanu Reeves was spotted there.
    • Whose partner got trashed in the VIP area of Fabric nightclub and stripped off on the dance floor?
  • 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 sense 4 of the verb; the other senses have arisen in the 20th century.

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