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schlock

[shlok] /ʃlɒk/
adjective
1.
Also, schlocky. cheap; trashy:
a schlock store.
noun
2.
something of cheap or inferior quality; junk.
Also, shlock.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; apparently < Yiddish shlak apoplectic stroke, evil, nuisance, wretch (compare Middle High German slac(g) blow; see slay); though development of E sense is unclear
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  • In these satellite attractions, kitsch battles ferociously with schlock, and the two styles often end up married.
  • Usually an amalgam of new well-regarded books and schlock.
British Dictionary definitions for schlock

schlock

/ʃlɒk/
noun
1.
goods or produce of cheap or inferior quality; trash
adjective
2.
cheap, inferior, or trashy
Word Origin
Yiddish: damaged merchandise, probably from German Schlag a blow; related to slay
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Word Origin and History for schlock
n.

"trash," 1915, from American Yiddish shlak, from German Schlacke "dregs, scum, dross" (see slag (n.)). Alternative etymology [OED] is from Yiddish shlogn "to strike" (cf. German schlagen; see slay). Derived form schlockmeister "purveyor of cheap merchandise" is from 1965. Adjectival form schlocky is attested from 1968; schlock was used as an adjective from 1916.

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Slang definitions & phrases for schlock

schlock

adjective

: unlike all those schlock films

noun

(also schlack or schlag or shlock) Inferior merchandise; an inferior product; crap, junk: That ''Macbird'' is a piece of schlock/ are bringing out schlock so they can pay for the books they care about (1915+)

[fr Yiddish fr German schlag, ''a blow,'' perhaps because the merchandise has been knocked around, or knocked down, or perhaps because, as Eric I Bromberg wrote in American Speech in 1938, ''to schlach is to cut or raise a price according to a customer''; the New York Times speculated in 1922 that the underworld use schlock, ''a broken lot of loot,'' was adopted because junk had recently come to mean ''narcotics, dope'']


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