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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang Trash, especially inferior merchandise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. trash, junk; worthless merchandise, crap.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. merchandise that is shoddy or inferior


German, dirt, trash and Yiddish drek, excrement, both from Middle High German drec, from Old High German; see sker-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish דרעק ("dirt, feces") compare German Dreck. (Wiktionary)



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