\ ˈshmȯlts How to pronounce schmaltz (audio) , ˈshmälts\
variants: or less commonly schmalz

Definition of schmaltz

1 : sentimental or florid music or art

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Other Words from schmaltz

schmaltzy \ ˈshmȯlt-​sē How to pronounce schmaltzy (audio) , ˈshmält-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for schmaltz


corn, goo, mush, sludge, slush, soap opera, sorghum

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Examples of schmaltz in a Sentence

The movie has too much schmaltz for me. the love song was a typical example of overproduced schmaltz

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This story is being told by the older Elena, after all, and the whole tale has a filter of nostalgia that retains just enough skepticism to avoid curdling into schmaltz. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018 The final Brahms sonata got an immaculate performance by violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, admirably partnered by Max Levinson at the piano, though a little more of Brahms’ lilt and schmaltz would not have gone amiss. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Chamber Music Society debuts an ear-boggling piece by a ‘Dark Knight’ composer," 17 July 2018 Finger foods like his lemongrass-adobo fried chicken wings, served with a calamansi schmaltz, will find a place on the table. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Expect at Ma’am Sir, Silver Lake’s Newest Filipino Restaurant and Bar," 31 May 2018 This is no lost schmaltz classic from the 1970s resurrected by crate-digging vinyl obsessives. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "17 Songs About Space That Are Cosmically Great," 3 Mar. 2017 The frankness of Farber's script makes for explosive drama as well as overzealous schmaltz more melodramatic than Strindberg's original. Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Mies Julie depicts a postapartheid South Africa still mired in its legacy of colonialism and racism," 6 June 2018 But Reverie’s pilot turns the idea toward optimism and earnest schmaltz — with extremely dull results. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "NBC’s new VR thriller Reverie is a schmaltzy take on techno-dystopia," 30 May 2018 There will be hors d'oeuvres — finger foods like the equivalent of garlicky fried escargot — and appetizers such as a vegetarian version of French onion soup and veal tartare drizzled with hot schmaltz. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Fauntleroy, Coquette space in Milwaukee's Third Ward will stay French but add '70s rock," 24 May 2018 Or at least the schmaltz found in the 27-year-old’s pithy chart-topping ballads? Jessi Roti,, "15 of the weirdest Bob Dylan cover songs to celebrate his birthday," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of schmaltz

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schmaltz

Yiddish shmalts, literally, rendered fat

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English Language Learners Definition of schmaltz

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

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