or shlock

  1. something of cheap or inferior quality; junk.

Origin of schlock

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. goods or produce of cheap or inferior quality; trash
  1. cheap, inferior, or trashy

Word Origin for schlock

Yiddish: damaged merchandise, probably from German Schlag a blow; related to slay
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Word Origin and History for schlock

"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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