Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something, such as merchandise or literature, that is inferior or poorly made.
  • adjective Of inferior quality; cheap or shoddy.

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  • noun Commodity that is shoddy or inferior.
  • noun Tasteless comedy horror movies or theatre designed to shock people.

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  • noun merchandise that is shoddy or inferior

Etymologies

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

[Possibly from Yiddish shlak, apoplexy, stroke, wretch, evil, nuisance, from Middle High German slag, slak, stroke, from slahen, to strike, from Old High German slahan.]

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From Yiddish שלאַק (shlak), related to German Schlacke/Schlag.

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