adj. "Overly sentimental or romantic." (JPS)
"I didn't like the last movement of the Rachmaninoff--too schmaltzy."
Languages of Origin
שמאַלציק shmaltsik 'fatty, greasy' (from שמאַלץ shmalts 'rendered fat') (the -y ending may be a nativized English version of the Yiddish -ik ending)
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
schmaltsy, shmaltzy, shmaltsy
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