Definition of


  1. (noun, person) (Yiddish) a jerk

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Synonyms of Schmuck

schmo, shmo, shmuck

Alternate forms of Schmuck

Hypernyms: dork, jerk

Origin of the word Schmuck

  1. "contemptible person," 1892, from E.Yiddish shmok, lit. "penis," from Old Pol. smok "grass snake, dragon." Not the same word as Ger. schmuck "jewelry, adornments," which is related to Low Ger. smuck "supple, tidy, trim, elegant," and related to O.N. smjuga "slip, step through" (see smock). In Jewish homes, the word was "regarded as so vulgar a… more

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