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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Worthless or discarded material or objects; refuse or rubbish.
  • n. Something broken off or removed to be discarded, especially plant trimmings.
  • n. The refuse of sugar cane after extraction of the juice.
  • n. A place or receptacle where rubbish is discarded: threw the wrapper in the trash.
  • n. Empty words or ideas.
  • n. Worthless or offensive literary or artistic material.
  • n. Disparaging, often abusive speech about a person or group.
  • n. A person or group of people regarded as worthless or contemptible.
  • transitive v. Slang To throw away; discard: trashed the broken toaster.
  • transitive v. Slang To wreck or destroy by or as if by vandalism; reduce to trash or ruins.
  • transitive v. Slang To beat up; assault.
  • transitive v. Slang To subject to scathing criticism or abuse; attack verbally: "The ... professor trashes conservative ... proposals as well as liberal nostrums” ( Michael Marien).
  • transitive v. To remove twigs or branches from.
  • transitive v. To cut off the outer leaves of (growing sugar cane).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Useless things to be discarded
  • n. A container into which things are discarded
  • n. Something of poor quality
  • n. People of low social status or class. (See, for example, white trash.)
  • n. Temporary storage on disk for files that the user has deleted, allowing them to be recovered if necessary.
  • v. To discard.
  • v. To make into a mess.
  • v. To beat soundly in a game.
  • v. To disrespect someone or something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is worthless or useless; rubbish; refuse.
  • n. Especially, loppings and leaves of trees, bruised sugar cane, or the like.
  • n. A worthless person.
  • n. A collar, leash, or halter used to restrain a dog in pursuing game.
  • transitive v. To free from trash, or worthless matter; hence, to lop; to crop, as to trash the rattoons of sugar cane.
  • transitive v. To treat as trash, or worthless matter; hence, to spurn, humiliate, or crush.
  • transitive v. To hold back by a trash or leash, as a dog in pursuing game; hence, to retard, encumber, or restrain; to clog; to hinder vexatiously.
  • intransitive v. To follow with violence and trampling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A low grade of tobacco-leaf. See white Burley tobacco.
  • To discard.
  • To remove the outer leaves from (growing cane). See cane-trash, 2.
  • n. Something broken, snapped, or lopped off; broken or torn bits, as twigs, splinters, rags, and the like. Compare cane-trash and trash-ice.
  • n. Hence, waste; refuse; rubbish; dross; that which is worthless or useless.
  • n. Money.
  • n. A low, worthless person. See white trash.
  • To free from superfluous twigs or branches; lop; crop: as, to trash trees.
  • To wear out; beat down; crush; harass; maltreat; jade.
  • To tramp and shuffle about.
  • n. A clog; anything fastened to a dog or other animal to keep it from ranging widely, straying, leaping fences, or the like.
  • n. Hence A clog or encumbrance, in a metaphorical sense.
  • To hold back by a leash, halter, or leaded collar, as a dog in pursuing game; hence, to retard; clog; encumber; hinder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. worthless material that is to be disposed of
  • v. dispose of (something useless or old)
  • n. an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant
  • n. nonsensical talk or writing
  • n. worthless people
  • v. express a totally negative opinion of

Etymologies

Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialectal trask.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Old Norse tros ("rubbish, fallen leaves and twigs"). Compare Swedish trasa. (Wiktionary)

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