schmear

Alternative Spellings

shmeer, shmear, schmeer

Definitions

  • 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

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

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