shnook

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. A likable yet incompetent, pitiful person.

  • n. Someone easily persuaded; a sucker.

Example Sentences

  • "What's a good-looking dame like her doing with a shnook like him?" (source)

  • "The guy’s a schnook with a heart of gold." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • perhaps from Yiddish שנוק shnuk 'snout, muddle, (elephant's) trunk'

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
      • Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      shnuk, schnook, schnuck

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