verb \ˈshmüz\

: to talk with someone in a friendly way often in order to get some advantage for yourself

schmoozed or shmoozedschmooz·ing or shmooz·ing

Full Definition of SCHMOOZE

intransitive verb
:  to converse informally :  chat; also :  to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections
transitive verb
:  to engage in schmoozing with <she schmoozed her professors>
schmooz·er \ˈshmü-zər\ noun

Variants of SCHMOOZE

schmooze or shmooze \ˈshmüz\

Examples of SCHMOOZE

  1. People will have time to schmooze during the cocktail hour.
  2. <spent every spare minute of the conference schmoozing with the industry's power players>

Origin of SCHMOOZE

Yiddish shmuesn, from schmues talk, from Hebrew shĕmu'ōth news, rumor
First Known Use: 1884



Definition of SCHMOOZE

:  a gathering or time devoted to schmoozing
:  casual talk that is often gossipy or ingratiating

Examples of SCHMOOZE

  1. <had to master the art of the schmooze if she wanted to get ahead in the business>

First Known Use of SCHMOOZE



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