Something trashy is cheap and tacky or badly made, like the trashy gossip magazines your friend reads.

Since the early 17th century, trashy has been used to mean "worthless, or resembling trash." Use this adjective for gaudy or flashy things, like trashy costume jewelry, or things with no perceived value, like a trashy novel or movie. Don't use trashy to describe a person — it's offensive to talk about someone as being without value, worthless, or inferior.

Definitions of trashy
  1. adjective
    tastelessly showy
    synonyms: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
  2. adjective
    cheap and inferior; of no value
    trashy merchandise”
    synonyms: rubbishy
    lacking in usefulness or value
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