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or schmoe

[shmoh] /ʃmoʊ/
noun, plural schmoes. Slang.
a foolish, boring, or stupid person; a jerk.
Origin of schmo
An Americanism dating back to 1945-50; of obscure origin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for schmoe


noun (pl) schmoes, shmoes
(US, slang) a dull, stupid, or boring person
Word Origin
from Yiddish shmok
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Word Origin and History for schmoe

also schmo, "idiot, fool," 1948, euphemized form of schmuck.

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Slang definitions & phrases for schmoe



  1. A naive and hapless person; fool; goof: I've been standing here like a schmoe for 20 minutes
  2. A person; man; guy: Them big-time schmoes was stockholders

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joe schmo

[1947+; perhaps a euphemistic alteration of Yiddish shmok, ''penis''; perhaps a quasi-Yiddish coinage for amusing effect; the term has been adopted into American Yiddish]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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