trash

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Etymology[edit]

Probably a dialectal form of *trass (compare Orkney truss, English dialectal trous), from Old Norse tros (rubbish, fallen leaves and twigs). Compare Norwegian trask (lumber, trash, baggage), Swedish trasa (rag, cloth, worthless fellow), Swedish trås (dry fallen twigs, wood-waste). Compare also Old English þreahs, þreax (rottenness, rubbish).

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trash (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly US) Useless things to be discarded; rubbish; refuse.
    • Landor
      A haunch of venison would be trash to a Brahmin.
  2. A container into which things are discarded.
  3. Something worthless or of poor quality.
  4. (slang, derogatory) People of low social status or class. (See, for example, white trash.)
  5. (computing) Temporary storage on disk for files that the user has deleted, allowing them to be recovered if necessary.
  6. A collar, leash, or halter used to restrain a dog in pursuing game.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Markham to this entry?)

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trash (third-person singular simple present trashes, present participle trashing, simple past and past participle trashed)

  1. (US) To discard.
    • 1989, InfoWorld (18 December 1989, page 66)
      Fatcat also fails to warn you that unformatting will trash any files copied to the unintentionally formatted disk.
  2. (US) To make into a mess.
    The burglars trashed the house.
  3. (US) To beat soundly in a game.
  4. (US) To disrespect someone or something
  5. To free from trash, or worthless matter; hence, to lop; to crop.
    to trash the rattoons of sugar cane
    (Can we find and add a quotation of B. Edwards to this entry?)
  6. To treat as trash, or worthless matter; hence, to spurn, humiliate, or crush.
  7. 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)

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recycle bin

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