Definition of trash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//træʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//træʃ//
    [uncountable] Waste and pollution
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  1. 1(North American English) things that you throw away because you no longer want or need them British/​Americanrubbish / garbage / trash / refuse Rubbish is the usual word in British English for the things that you throw away because you no longer want or need them. Garbage and trash are both used in North American English. Inside the home, garbage tends to mean waste food and other wet material, while trash is paper, cardboard and dry material. In British English, you put your rubbish in a dustbin in the street to be collected by the dustmen. In North American English, your garbage and trash goes in a garbage can/​trashcan in the street and is collected by garbage men/​collectors. Refuse is a formal word and is used in both British English and North American English. Refuse collector is the formal word for a dustman or garbage collector. See related entries: Waste and pollution
  2. 2(informal, disapproving) objects, writing, ideas, etc. that you think are of poor quality What's this trash you're watching? (especially British English) He's talking trash (= nonsense).
  3. 3(North American English, informal) an offensive word used to describe people that you do not respect white trash (= poor white people, especially those living in the southern US) see also trailer trash
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: of unknown origin. The verb is first recorded (mid 18th cent.) as meaning ‘to strip (sugar canes) of their outer leaves to ripen faster’; the current senses have arisen in the 20th cent.Extra examples He was talking trash about my family. His theories were relegated to the trash heap of history. poor white trash Don’t forget to take out the trash. People can certainly be affected by the trash newspapers they read. The subway entrance was blocked with trash. They listen to pop music and watch trash TV all day. What are these letters doing in the trash? What’s this trash you’re watching? You can buy lots of tacky trash in the souvenir shops, if that’s what you want.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trash