1. Worthless, distasteful, or nonsensical material: "the dreck that generally passes for the modern sitcom" (David Carr).
2. Rubbish; trash.
[German, dirt, trash, and Yiddish drek, excrement, both from Middle High German drec, dung, filth, from Old High German; see sker-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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