schmegege

Alternative Spellings

shmegegge, schmegegge, shmegege, shmigege

Definitions

  • "An unadmirable, petty person" (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • My neighbor was a schmegegge.

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, English

Etymology

שמעגעגע shmegege

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

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

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