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schmooze

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verb \ˈshmüz\
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shmooze

Definition of schmooze

schmoozed

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shmoozed

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schmoozing

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shmoozing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to converse informally :  chat; also :  to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to engage in schmoozing with she schmoozed her professors

schmoozer

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Examples of schmooze in a Sentence

  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

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Did You Know?

Schmooze (also spelled shmooze) is one of a small, but significant, number of words borrowed from Yiddish that have become relatively common parts of the English language. Other such words include chutzpah, lox, maven, mensch, nebbish, schlep, and schlock. Though classified as a High German language, Yiddish also borrows from the Slavic and Latinate languages as well as from Aramaic and Hebrew. It was the Hebrew shěmu’ōth ("news, rumor") that provided Yiddish with the noun shmues ("talk") and the verb shmuesn ("to talk or chat"). Although originally used in English to indicate simply talking in an informal and warm manner, schmooze has since also taken on the suggestion of discussion for the purposes of gaining something.

Origin and Etymology of schmooze

Yiddish shmuesn, from schmues talk, from Hebrew shĕmu'ōth news, rumor


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schmooze

noun

Definition of schmooze

  1. 1 :  a gathering or time devoted to schmoozing

  2. 2 :  casual talk that is often gossipy or ingratiating

Examples of schmooze in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of schmooze

1949


SCHMOOZE Defined for English Language Learners

schmooze

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Definition of schmooze for English Language Learners

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



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