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schmaltz

noun \ˈshmȯlts, ˈshmälts\

Simple Definition of schmaltz

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

Full Definition of schmaltz

  1. 1 :  sentimental or florid music or art

  2. 2 :  sentimentality

schmaltzy play \ˈshmȯlt-sē, ˈshmält-\ adjective

Examples of schmaltz

  1. The movie has too much schmaltz for me.

  2. <the love song was a typical example of overproduced schmaltz>



Variants of schmaltz

also schmalz play \ˈshmȯlts, ˈshmälts\

Origin of schmaltz

Yiddish shmalts, literally, rendered fat


First Known Use: 1935



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