schmaltz

noun \ ˈshmȯlts , ˈshmälts \
variants: or less commonly schmalz
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of schmaltz

1 :sentimental or florid music or art

schmaltzy

play \ˈshmȯlt-sē, ˈshmält-\ adjective

Examples of schmaltz in a Sentence

  1. The movie has too much schmaltz for me.

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

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Origin and Etymology of schmaltz

Yiddish shmalts, literally, rendered fat

schmaltz Synonyms

Synonyms
goo, mush, corn (also schmalz), sludge, slush, soap opera, sorghum
Related Words
claptrap, drivel, rubbish, tripe

SCHMALTZ Defined for English Language Learners

schmaltz

noun

Definition of schmaltz for English Language Learners

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



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