• v. To spread.

  • n. Cream cheese.

  • n. The full package.

  • v. To bribe.

  • n. A bribe.

  • v. To paint.

  • n. A punch, blow.

Example Sentences

  • "Let me schmear some sun tan lotion on myself."

  • "I'll take a dozen plain bagels and one sesame bagel with shmeer."

  • "He went to get his son a new computer, and he came home with the whole shmeer—the scanner, a printer, everything." (JPS)

  • "Shmeer some cream cheese on this for me, will you." (JPS)

  • "His father-in-law told him that he’d have to shmeer the maitre d’ to get a good table in the restaurant." (JPS)

  • “Do the officials expect to be shmeered there?" (NJY)

  • “He landed a shmeer between the eyes.” (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • שמירן shmirn 'to spread' (verbal stem is שמיר shmir); שמירקעז shmirkez 'cream cheese'

    • Who Uses This

      • 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[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      shmeer, shmear, schmeer

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