schmonzes

Alternative Spellings

shmonzes, shmontses, shmontzes

Definitions

  • small pieces of valueless decorative bric-a-brac
  • idle talk

Example Sentences

  • Is there one table in here not covered with schmonzes?

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שמאָנצעס shmontses 'nonsense'

Who Uses This

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

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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