\ 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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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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The first known use of schmuck was in 1892

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English Language Learners Definition of schmuck

US slang : a stupid or foolish person

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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