\ 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 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, "Gordon Murray on His Biggest Fans," 22 Feb. 2020 The upright citizen—or, viewed from another angle, the beleaguered schmuck—in charge of producing the report is a staffer named Dan Jones (Adam Driver). Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Art of the Awkward Silence in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”," 15 Nov. 2019 If Emma Thompson fails to show up for the party, there are a thousand celebrities ready to take her place, to say nothing of ordinary schmucks. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Do Celebrities Really Buy the Climate-Change Story?," 29 Dec. 2019 Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon is a treasure, as is Dave Bautista as Drax; the two function as opposite ends of the same schmuck-y coin. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "From Iron Man to Spider-Man: Far From Home: all 23 Marvel movies, ranked," 26 Oct. 2017 The theatre was one of those single-screen places any schmuck with a camera could rent out and show his movie for a weekend. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 In the heated race to see who can be the state's most secretive schmuck, Governor Rauner made moves last week to challenge his old pal, Mayor Rahm. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics After veteran's home cover-up, is Rauner the state's most secretive schmuck?," 6 Apr. 2018 Trump, in his mind's eye, is also a tough guy -- a big, imposing figure who isn't just some schmuck in a suit. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "3 big things revealed by Donald Trump's tweet that he could knock out Joe Biden," 22 Mar. 2018 Over dinner, Chelsea tells Arie about her schmuck of an ex who left her when their son was six months old. Melissa Locker, Time, "'The Bachelor' Goes Bowling for Roses in Fort Lauderdale," 31 Jan. 2018

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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 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of schmuck

US slang : a stupid or foolish person

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