\ 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

Other Words from schmooze


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

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Schmooze (also spelled shmooze) comes from Yiddish schmues, meaning "talk," which itself is from Hebrew shěmu’ōth, "news" or "rumor." Although originally used to indicate simply talking in an informal and warm manner, the word now commonly suggests 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hundreds of competitors and customers stopped by to sit and schmooze and laugh with Jack. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2022 On a very rare occasion, the vas deferens (the tubes that chauffeur sperm from the testicles to the urethra) can spontaneously reconnect, allowing sperm to schmooze with the semen again. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 Typically, attendees who escape to the lobby bars schmooze over wine and popcorn, paying little attention to the show. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 As soon as a commercial break began, stars moved to schmooze as much as possible before the two-minute time span ran out. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 In living rooms across America, Larry King was as comfortable a guest as a favorite uncle dropping by to schmooze with the family. Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 Was everyone there to schmooze, to revolutionize the global financial system or just to get rich? New York Times, 5 June 2021 The front lawn, meanwhile, will metamorphose into one of the world’s most glamorous outdoor lounges for artists to schmooze (at a distance) and pose for the cameras. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 20 Apr. 2021 Blinken was, for instance, unable to make an in-person appearance at the annual Munich Security Conference, a forum staged virtually last week for American and European elites to speak, schmooze, strategize and affirm trans-Atlantic bonds. Michael Crowley,, 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An experienced stage director as well as a renowned administrator, Audi doesn’t just work on grand strategy and schmooze with donors. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The nerd prom is back in all its overly earnest, celebrity-studded, schmooze-or-lose glory. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Institutions that put on awards ceremonies, concerts, film festivals and high-profile schmooze events are considering postponement, cancellation or going virtual as the Covid-19 variant sweeps through the U.S. Anne Steele, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 The pair schmooze on a Fifth Avenue double-decker bus, in Central Park, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Guests are invited to come schmooze with the clergy and staff, explore the sacred spaces, learn about Judaic art installations or the Beth El Mausoleum. Sergio Carmona,, 23 July 2021 And the elimination of middlemen encourages artists to elevate one another rather than schmooze insiders at cocktail parties. Washington Post, 8 May 2021 During that weekend, job candidates would lead a service, deliver a sermon, meet with the preschoolers, teach a class, maybe have lunch with staff and schmooze with congregants during kiddush on Shabbat. Stewart Ain,, 29 Dec. 2020 The bulk of that is from commercial payments facilitated by the WeChat super-app, where a billion Chinese schmooze, shop, and share cabs. Zheping Huang,, 12 Nov. 2020 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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