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[drek] /drɛk/
noun, Slang.
excrement; dung.
worthless trash; junk.
Also, drek.
Origin of dreck
1920-25; < Yiddish drek; cognate with German Dreck filth; compare Old English threax, Old Norse threkkr excrement Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dreck
  • Upon being presented with such dreck, the teacher has a range of responses from which to choose.
  • More literate, but equally boring because it's the same old dreck.
  • But by jeepers there is a lot of unforgivable dreck on the nation's reading lists.
  • However, despite your obvious good sense this post is mostly dreck, unfortunately for the same reasons.
  • It was a practically criminal offense to my brain, eyes and ears to witness that horrifying dreck.
  • Besides, it's real tv, not some real housewives of jersey shore who bake cupcakes made from insects dreck.
British Dictionary definitions for dreck


(slang, mainly US) rubbish; trash
Derived Forms
drecky, adjective
Word Origin
from Yiddish drek filth, dregs
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Word Origin and History for dreck

"filth, trash," 1922, from Yiddish drek (German dreck), from Middle High German drec, from Proto-Germanic *threkka (cf. Old English þreax "rubbish," Old Frisian threkk), perhaps connected to Greek skatos "dung," Latin stercus "excrement," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for dreck



: no point in my keeping every drek album/ an opponent of the ticky-tacky world of drecktech architecture


Wretched trash; garbage, junk, shit: the ugliness, dreck and horror of New York City/ They may bring with them a pile of overfinished drek/ the sad glitter of desert drek

[1920s+; fr Yiddish, ''feces'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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