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schmooze

verb \ ˈshmüz \
variants: or shmooze
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of schmooze

schmoozed or shmoozed; schmoozing or shmoozing
: to converse informally : chat; also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections
: to engage in schmoozing with
  • she schmoozed her professors

schmoozer

play \ˈshmü-zər\ noun

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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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Origin and Etymology of schmooze

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

schmooze Synonyms

Related Words

gossip, tattle;

descant, discuss, expatiate;

yak (also yack), yammer, yap;

Phrases

blow smoke, chew the fat (also chew the rag), shoot the breeze, talk a blue streak;


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schmooze

noun

Definition of schmooze

1 : a gathering or time devoted to schmoozing
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

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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