Definition of schlock in English:



North American
  • [mass noun] Cheap or inferior goods or material; trash.

    ‘mass-produced schlock’
    ‘televisual schlock’
    • ‘The dull picture here befits the cheap production values of this schlock.’
    • ‘At first it's difficult to shake the feeling that it's kitschy schlock that they're radiating, rather than the sinister malevolence they may be aiming for.’
    • ‘Were teenagers in the '60s really impressed by this schlock?’
    • ‘This nonstop laugh riot is a truly neglected classic of cautionary showbiz schlock.’
    • ‘For connoisseurs of schlock, they're priceless.’
    • ‘Producers called again, and this time they weren't in search of schlock.’
    • ‘Debuting in 1964, the series balanced wholesomely silly schlock with enough clever satire of traditional family shows like Father Knows Best to appeal to kids and adults alike.’
    • ‘Yet even with all this going for it, the film only proves that well-done schlock is still schlock.’
    • ‘So you can't really go in there and say, ‘Here, I'm going to make some real schlock.’’
    • ‘And you have to admire the unrepentant schlock.’
    • ‘It doesn't help when the episode is established in a tomb-raiding scene so derivative of '80s adventure schlock that I felt like I was in middle school.’
    • ‘The convergence of the irreverent prince of potty humor and the cringe-worthy captain of schlock must be one of the signs of the impending Apocalypse.’
    • ‘The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a succession of schlock and gore museums.’
    • ‘Everything on display here is grade-Z kung-fu schlock.’
    • ‘Like many bands playing earnestly banal semi-derived emo schlock they've connected with an audience of disaffected youth who find comfort in their cranked up pop music and simplistic lyrics.’
    • ‘Trouble was, the only legal name for the mix was - and still is - ‘red table wine,’ a tag people might associate with schlock.’
    • ‘Existing at the intersection of simple chemistry genius and Ed Wood schlock, the kit involved two putty substances that one mixed to produce a gruesome, frighteningly real scar.’
    • ‘Instead of Bauhaus residences in the suburbs, we got ersatz-traditional schlock.’
    • ‘It's at the edge of schlock and kitsch, but it's a nice throwback to the times when people would practice their letters and made sure their handwriting was neat, legible, and beautiful.’
    • ‘I sit in that eerie phosphorescent tubal glow and lounge becalmed, thinking about the microwave emissions being bombarded into outer space like a gazillion ambassadors of tacky schlock.’


Early 20th century: apparently from Yiddish shlak an apoplectic stroke, shlog wretch, untidy person, apoplectic stroke.