\ ˈshmō How to pronounce schmo (audio) \
variants: or schmoe
plural schmoes

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Examples of schmo in a Sentence

They treated us like a bunch of schmoes. I'm just an ordinary schmo trying to make a living.
Recent Examples on the Web President Trump is among the crowd ticked off that Country House—a 65-to-1 long shot; a schmo, a nuthin’, a nobody, really—was awarded the Derby Saturday after initial winner... Jason Gay, WSJ, "Trump vs. the Horses: Derby Debate Goes Presidential," 6 May 2019 Eli doesn’t demand a private catch with just any schmo off the street. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why Laviska Shenault’s Heisman Trophy dreams aren’t “behind the 8-ball”," 10 Aug. 2019 Barry—like every other schmo fresh off the plane at LAX—wants to be in pictures. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "HBO’s "Barry" refreshes elements of noir, as a hitman dreams of Hollywood.," 23 Mar. 2018 Some poor schmo got a little too feisty rushing the passer and Brady hit his hand on a helmet when following through on a throw. Gary Gramling,, "How Brady and the Patriots Can Get Got, the Northeast’s Upcoming ‘Podium Gloves’ Fad, Keenum’s Playmaking Could Be the Difference," 20 Jan. 2018 Her focus is not herself but ordinary schmoes who sweat, toil, dream and sometimes scheme to make their communities better places. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, "In Search of Positive Vibes," 14 Sep. 2017 However, for a number of people, not all of them crazy, this material proves, among other things, that HRC was the source of the birtherism ratfckery after all, and that Begala and the others were a pack of amoral schmoes. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Clinton Campaign Is Flawed, and So Is WikiLeaks," 14 Oct. 2016 Actually, that would have been the case with Kentucky and three schmoes. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "College Hotline: NCAA tournament winners and losers (the West Coast makes its stand … for the moment)," 20 Mar. 2017 Netflix recorded the highly popular show so schmos like you and me who can't make it to New York get to see it, too., "New on Netflix: June 2017," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of schmo

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schmo

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“Schmo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of schmo

US slang : an ordinary person who is not interesting or unusual in any way

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