\ ˈshmək How to pronounce schmuck (audio) \
plural schmucks

Definition of schmuck

: a stupid, foolish, or unlikeable person : jerk sense 1b Do not be the poor schmuck who runs out of gas and is stranded when a natural disaster is about to hit.— Ryan Carlyle … his realization that he's … like the rest of us, just an average schmuck who makes mistakes and tries to fix them.— Maureen Ryan … cursing under your breath as some other schmuck wins all the Bingo prizes … … the phenomenon known as road rage, in which aggressive schmucks attack other people who get in the way of their four-by-fours.— Stanley Bing In the very early days, we used to do all sorts of stuff that no one would have suspected of us, so that when we did get to the level of "The Ed Sullivan Show," we were real and not just some little schmucks from out of town.— Paul McCartney

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Examples of schmuck in a Sentence

I can't believe what a schmuck that guy is. don't be a schmuck and create an embarrassing scene in public
Recent Examples on the Web All of that is hard for this schmuck to process — that people believe, or pretend to believe, because that’s what others do. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 Bilzerian has dressed the likes of Madonna, Carly Simon, and David Bowie, but still takes time to show a schmuck like me a couple of smart summer-weight jackets. Mark Shanahan,, 6 May 2022 Yes, Kendall did pass out in the pool, but Comfry apparently rescued him, because the schmuck can’t even manage to have a dramatic death, rather than another reason for the rest of the family to look down on him. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 Dec. 2021 Even a schmuck like Manners can read some Stanislavsky, bring it clumsily into rehearsals, and, unwittingly, spark the beginnings of a revolution. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2021 Chris Sullivan is a surprise standout as Joe, a cranky addict who keeps relapsing—a schmuck with a streak of pathos. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021 As for Blake… Yep, the poor schmuck left his key in the room. Kristen Baldwin,, 29 June 2021 With all due respect to Osmosis Jones, few filmographies have aged worse than the Farrelly brothers’, to whom the pinnacle of comedy is located at roughly the same height as some schmuck’s scrotum stuck in a zipper. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 20 May 2021 That holds true for Oscar-winning astronauts with boxes full of Super Bowl rings, let alone schmucks like the rest of us. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 22 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of schmuck

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schmuck

Yiddish shmok, literally, penis

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“Schmuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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