\ˈshmək \

Definition of schmuck 


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Synonyms for schmuck


bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin

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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

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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 Less hooray for those regretful schmucks who unknowingly evaded wealth giving up their bitcoin for a few bucks or a loofah. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Someone Wants to Exchange a McLaren 720S for 25 Bitcoin, and We’ve Reached Peak Internet," 13 Dec. 2017 So the night is far from miserable: Griffin has a few other comic Easter eggs hidden away, and even material this shallow cannot make Michael Mahler, who plays Jack the schmuck, into anything other than an empathetic onstage presence. Chris Jones,, "'Honeymoon in Vegas': Sometimes a retro title just belongs on the scrapheap," 31 Aug. 2017 Someone needs to tell that schmuck to stop using his Twitter account to conduct diplomacy with North Korea. Brian Porreca, The Hollywood Reporter, "'House of Cards': Joel Kinnaman Talks Season 5 "Unraveling" and Election Parallels," 2 June 2017 So, as per usual, you, Joe Sixpack, the poor schmuck, in this case, the soda drinker, will foot the bill for their constant need of government to spend money. Randy Blaser,, "Column: Cook County soda tax just another way for politicians to claim your money," 24 May 2017 Every now and then, the show’s emcee would check in on the poor schmucks and rub their noses in their defeat. Joel Warner, WIRED, "Japanese Comedy: So Funny, It Hurts," 19 Nov. 2012

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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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English Language Learners Definition of schmuck

: a stupid or foolish person

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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