Alternative Spellings

shmegegge, schmegegge, shmegege, shmigege


  • "An unadmirable, petty person" (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • My neighbor was a schmegegge.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, English


שמעגעגע shmegege

Who Uses This

Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


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).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Edit     See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.