noun \ˈshmlts, ˈshmälts\

: music, art, etc., that is very sad or romantic in usually a foolish or exaggerated way

Full Definition of SCHMALTZ

:  sentimental or florid music or art
schmaltzy \ˈshmlt-sē, ˈshmält-\ adjective

Variants of SCHMALTZ

schmaltz also schmalz \ˈshmlts, ˈshmälts\

Examples of SCHMALTZ

  1. The movie has too much schmaltz for me.
  2. <the love song was a typical example of overproduced schmaltz>

Origin of SCHMALTZ

Yiddish shmalts, literally, rendered fat
First Known Use: 1935

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