schmaltz

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noun \ˈshmȯlts, ˈshmälts\
variants: or less commonly

schmalz

Definition of schmaltz

  1. 1 :  sentimental or florid music or art

  2. 2 :  sentimentality

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

Origin and Etymology of schmaltz

Yiddish shmalts, literally, rendered fat


First Known Use: 1935


SCHMALTZ Defined for English Language Learners

schmaltz

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noun \ˈshmȯlts, ˈshmälts\

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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