schmuck

noun

plural schmucks
slang
: 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 …PortlandMercury.com
… 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

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 And don’t be the schmuck on social media who tries to argue that because Lewis went 24-31 as the head coach of the Golden Flashes, his departure from the Colorado Buffaloes is no big loss. Sean Keeler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 And this schmuck’s reading it to me, in front of my mother! Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2023 Until Robin’s death, Hughie had been just another schmuck, working at an audio-equipment store and living with his father, his bedroom walls still papered with posters of the Seven—a reminder of our adult thirst for what might be deemed childish art. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2020 In the first trailer for The Shrink Next Door, a dramedy series adapted from the popular 2019 podcast, Will Ferrell portrays a wealthy schmuck who decides to visit a psychiatrist to the stars (Paul Rudd, still not aging) to help work out some lingering issues. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 17 June 2021 Most people in the company considered Hardy a schmuck, an overpaid driver for Nate and other executives on the 20th floor. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Wilkerson believed that a red (not a schmuck) worked behind every Underwood in Hollywood. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Oct. 2022 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, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Yiddish shmok, literally, penis

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schmuck was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Schmuck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schmuck. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

schmuck

noun
slang
: a stupid or foolish person
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