• v. To spread; cream cheese.

Example Sentences

  • "Let me schmear some sun tan lotion on myself." or" "I'll take a dozen plain bagels and one sesame bagel with a shmeer."

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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