\ ˈshmu̇ts How to pronounce schmutz (audio) \

Definition of schmutz

US slang
: a filthy or soiling substance (such as mud, dust, or grime) : dirt … what's a little schmutz to a New Yorker? That's why we have immune systems.Discover What to watch while wiping some schmutz off your million dollar face with a hundred dollar bill in the presence of an attractive young lady …Deadspin … point out the schmutz on a classmate's shirt.— Jonathan Marks

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This bio-schmutz contains samples of the organisms' DNA, which then get mixed into the surrounding water and dirt. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Loch Ness Monster Hunters to Try DNA Search? Get the Facts.," 23 May 2018 Set designers painted on rust, dirtied air vents, and added a general patina of schmutz to the queue scenes, all in service of the story. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal Orlando's Fast & Furious – Supercharged: Does it live up to the movies?," 14 May 2018 Oumuamua, is probably coated with a carbon-rich schmutz in a layer that’s more than a foot thick. National Geographic, "Rock From Another Star System Has a Carbon-Rich Coating," 18 Dec. 2017 But one of the pleasures of the production is hearing the smattering of words that have made their way into English — schmutz, tsoris, shande — and those that are more or less the same in French, English and Yiddish — orgy, epidemic. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: The Beasts Have Arrived, in a Yiddish ‘Rhinoceros’," 14 Sep. 2017 Lambert, who’s wearing tight blue Levi’s with holes in the knees and brown boots, notices some darkly colored schmutz on her white V-neck T-shirt. Matt Hendrickson, Billboard, "Miranda Lambert on Why She Won't 'Take Pain for Granted' & Refusing to Write Political Songs," 27 July 2017 When this celestial schmutz slams into our atmosphere at breakneck speeds, the debris burns up and creates fiery streaks of light. National Geographic, "Get Ready for Artificial Meteor Showers," 14 June 2016 Last year’s supporting-actress winner Mira Sorvino rubs schmutz off Quentin Tarantino’s face. Richard Lawson,, "Recapping the 1997 Academy Awards," 23 Feb. 2017 Last year’s supporting-actress winner Mira Sorvino rubs schmutz off Quentin Tarantino’s face.,, "Recapping the 1997 Academy Awards," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of schmutz

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schmutz

Yiddish shmuts & German Schmutz, from Middle High German smutzen to soil, damage

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