shlock

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. Something cheap or inferior. "A shoddy, cheaply made article." (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "That's not a good souvenir, it's just shlock!"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • perhaps from שלאַק shlak 'stroke, apoplexy; calamity; pest' or שלאָג shlog 'hit, stroke'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      schlak, shlak, schlock

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