n. Jerk, stupid person.
Languages of Origin
שמענדריק shmendrik, 'fool', named after an idiotic mama's boy character in a Yiddish play by Avrom Goldfaden
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- 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
schmendrick, schmendrik, shmendrick
Generally used to refer to a hapless, unintentional jerk, rather than someone who is deliberately or stubbornly so (to distinguish from "schmuck")
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