\ ˈshmüz How to pronounce schmooze (audio) \
variants: or shmooze
schmoozed or shmoozed; schmoozing or shmoozing

Definition of schmooze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to converse informally : chat also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections

transitive verb

: to engage in schmoozing with she schmoozed her professors



Definition of schmooze (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gathering or time devoted to schmoozing
2 : casual talk that is often gossipy or ingratiating

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schmoozer \ ˈshmü-​zər How to pronounce schmoozer (audio) \ noun

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Schmooze (also spelled shmooze) is one of a small, but significant, number of words borrowed from Yiddish that have become relatively common parts of the English language. Other such words include chutzpah, lox,maven,mensch,nebbish,schlep, and schlock. Though classified as a High German language, Yiddish also borrows from the Slavic and Latinate languages as well as from Aramaic and Hebrew. It was the Hebrew shěmu’ōth ("news, rumor") that provided Yiddish with the noun shmues ("talk") and the verb shmuesn ("to talk or chat"). Although originally used in English to indicate simply talking in an informal and warm manner, schmooze has since also taken on the suggestion of discussion for the purposes of gaining something.

Examples of schmooze in a Sentence

Verb People will have time to schmooze during the cocktail hour. spent every spare minute of the conference schmoozing with the industry's power players Noun had to master the art of the schmooze if she wanted to get ahead in the business
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All three were slated to give remarks — traditionally the president or a surrogate and a Republican and a Democrat each speak — during the evening of bipartisanship schmoozing and political sketches. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, "For the first time since World War II, Gridiron Club cancels its annual press dinner amid coronavirus fears," 10 Mar. 2020 But instead of schmoozing voters, Sanders of Vermont, Warren of Massachusetts, and Klobuchar of Minnesota will instead be stuck in Washington six days a week to hear arguments in Trump’s trial. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Democrats fear impeachment could render Iowa contest moot," 20 Jan. 2020 This is a kind of torture for the members, whose presence on the Senate floor generally consists of schmoozing and talking. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "A Senator Who Will Be Sorely Missed at Trump’s Impeachment Trial," 22 Dec. 2019 The Ringer’s Bill Simmons schmoozed off to the side, and Tooley made his rounds. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA All-Star Weekend's toughest ticket? It's not Sunday's game. It's the tech summit.," 11 Feb. 2020 According to Page Six, the Sussexes schmoozed with none other than Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at JPMorgan’s Miami billionaire’s summit in Miami this week. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Had Dinner with Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in Miami," 9 Feb. 2020 The hope was that the listener would enjoy feeling like a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on two scientists schmoozing. Quanta Magazine, "Why I’m Hosting The Joy of x Podcast," 15 Jan. 2020 With its winding staircase and notice-me glam color palette of black-fuchsia-and-shine, this is a space made for boozy biz schmoozing. Ariana Romero,, "Party Of Five’s Emily Tosta Came To America Undocumented. Now She’s On Billboards," 8 Jan. 2020 The event can bring local news coverage, and in between public appearances, there’s an opportunity to schmooze with the party’s poobahs backstage. James Pindell,, "Scorecard: How do Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren measure up in N.H.?," 17 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That schmooze-fest happens across the college landscape. oregonlive, "Canzano: Harassment mess at ASU underscores booster entitlement -- and why real family must come first," 27 May 2020 An excuse to close one's laptop, slip into black-tie with fellow literacy artists and schmooze prospective Inprint donors. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Inprint Poets & Writers Ball taps The Annie chef Robert Del Grande for gala dinner at the Houstonian," 13 Feb. 2020 Singer cajoles stressed out, wealthy parents; schmoozes with them about his financial investments; and tries to impress them and the coaches who participated in his scheme with his insider knowledge., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 21 Dec. 2019 In the hours before the debate, many reporters file stories, eat snacks and schmooze with pollsters and political operatives. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "The dirty little secret about covering a debate," 15 Oct. 2019 Perched high above Sunset Boulevard, this is where Hollywood power players schmooze over Southsides. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "The Best Bars and Clubs to Meet a Rich Husband," 3 Dec. 2014 But his desire to practice instead of schmooze with sponsors won’t hurt in dispelling the perception of some that football isn’t all that important to Rosen. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Why Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen didn't practice Thursday," 17 May 2018 Don't be afraid to cultivate relationships with inspirational people, using your natural finesse to network and schmooze. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 Most are already technical whizzes and strong musicians who then are taught as fellows how to converse with the public, meld into an ensemble, speak to journalists, generate interesting programming ideas, schmooze with donors and teach. Sean Erwin, miamiherald, "New World Symphony: Classical music and a genius for community building | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of schmooze


1888, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for schmooze


Yiddish shmuesn, from schmues talk, from Hebrew shĕmu'ōth news, rumor

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“Schmooze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schmooze

informal : to talk with someone in a friendly way often in order to get some advantage for yourself

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