\ˈdrek \
variants: or less commonly drek

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The movie was pure dreck. he poured the dreck she called soup down the drain

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So naturally when the geyser erupted in September, unleashing its usual blast of searing-hot water and air, a nasty wave of dreck followed. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Heavily Littered Yellowstone Geyser Spews Tons of Trash Into Air During Eruption," 5 Oct. 2018 One of the newest weapons is the dreck left at the bottom of a wine press. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Six Technologies That Could Shake the Food World," 2 Oct. 2018 But that’s only one of many reasons that this B-movie dreck should have stayed underwater. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Jean-Claude Van Damme/Dolph Lundgren action-thriller 'Black Water' stuck in retrograde," 28 June 2018 This greatly increases the odds of finding good bottles, because conscientious merchants have weeded out much of the dreck. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Everyday Wines: The Most Important Bottles You Will Drink," 22 Mar. 2018 And yet what CNN’s audience is treated to is propagandized dreck. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "How Trump Is Creating a Propaganda State," 30 Aug. 2017 Ambitious actors usually do dreck like this in order to be able to afford to make a movie like Black Swan. Julie Miller, HWD, "Natalie Portman Reveals Which Male Co-Star Was Paid Three Times More than Her," 10 Jan. 2017 The movie is twenty minutes too long, and most of those minutes are consumed, near the end, by pyrotechnic dreck. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Top Ten Things About Wonder Woman," 5 June 2017 But among all the dreck over the years, one movie-game has stood out as an unlikely example of quality: Spider-Man 2, released by Activision in 2004. Bo Moore, WIRED, "Energy Hook Delivers Web-Swinging Thrills, Sans Spidey," 27 June 2013

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First Known Use of dreck

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dreck

Yiddish drek & German Dreck, from Middle High German drec; akin to Old English threax rubbish

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The first known use of dreck was in 1922

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English Language Learners Definition of dreck

: something that is of very bad quality : trash or rubbish

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