Simple Definition of schmaltz
: music, art, etc., that is very sad or romantic in usually a foolish or exaggerated way
Examples of schmaltz
The movie has too much schmaltz for me.
<the love song was a typical example of overproduced schmaltz>
Variants of schmaltz
Origin of schmaltz
Yiddish shmalts, literally, rendered fat
First Known Use: 1935
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