shmendrik

Pronunciations

shmendrik (SHMEHN-drihk) listen

Definitions

  • n. Jerk, stupid person.

Example Sentences

  • "Tell that shmendrik downstairs to turn down his stereo." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • שמענדריק shmendrik, 'fool', named after an idiotic mama's boy character in a Yiddish play by Avrom Goldfaden

    • 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
      • Australia / New Zealand

      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).

      Alternative Spellings

      schmendrick, schmendrik, shmendrick

Notes

  • 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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