Definition of dreck in US English:

dreck

(also drek)

noun

informal
  • Rubbish; trash.

    ‘this so-called art is pure dreck’
    • ‘There was also plenty of dreck in the past, just as there is now.’
    • ‘Another reader wrote: ‘I can't believe you forced me to listen to that dreck!’’
    • ‘Since my son was born, I too have gotten religion and realized that my time is too important to waste watching dreck.’
    • ‘There is lots of drek out there from signed bands and this lot do quite a bit with what they have.’
    • ‘At first I thought it was a lack of talent, but I remember thinking that this group of finalists were much better than last year's dreck.’
    • ‘I will confine myself to saying that this highly praised movie is Marxist dreck.’
    • ‘His conduct since then - culminating in this piece of drek - is an absolute disgrace.’
    • ‘The very thought that I will be lumped in with lovers of such horrid dreck makes me physically ill.’
    • ‘The dreck, it appears, continues to spill over on this side of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘The overrated artists and the troops of pack-mentality fans were knee-deep in garbage, dreck, debris, and junk.’
    • ‘Does he really think Americans are so stupid they will pay to watch this dreck?’
    • ‘Of course producing and promoting dreck is nothing new.’
    • ‘If she's given dreck to work with - which she often is - she falls hard.’
    • ‘Maybe you told your mother-in-law that you love her stuffed cabbage casserole and you're just dying to tell someone what kind of dreck it really was.’
    • ‘You certainly have to wade through some dreck to get to these gems, but the series' quality control bar is set high enough that none of it's particularly excruciating.’
    • ‘The Washington Post should be ashamed of publishing such dreck.’
    • ‘Can we blame him for figuring out what sort of dreck causes people to fork over money by the handful?’
    • ‘But on the other hand, there's also a lot more drek out there to sift through.’
    • ‘How this dreck even got nominated for Best Picture troubles me.’
    • ‘Comic book movies are pretty hit-and-miss affairs, so most of the time you go in with no idea at all of whether it will be terrific or pure dreck.’
    debris, waste, waste matter, discarded matter, refuse, rubbish, litter, scrap, flotsam and jetsam, lumber, rubble, wreckage
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Origin

Early 20th century: from Yiddish drek ‘filth, dregs’, from a Germanic base shared by Old English threax; probably related to Greek skatos ‘dung’.

Pronunciation

dreck

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