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[shnoo k] /ʃnʊk/
noun, Slang.
an unimportant or stupid person; dope.
Origin of schnook
An Americanism dating back to 1945-50; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for schnook


(US, slang) a stupid or gullible person
Word Origin
from Yiddish shnok, variant of shmokschmo
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Word Origin and History for schnook

1948, probably from Yiddish shnuk "elephant's trunk," or altered from schmuck (q.v.), or perhaps from German schnucke "a small sheep," used in U.S. Yiddish for "a customer easily persuaded, a sucker."

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Slang definitions & phrases for schnook



An ineffectual person; a naive person often victimized; patsy • A more affectionate and compassionate way of designating a schlemiel: Don't be such an apologetic schnook

[1940s+; fr American-Yiddish shnook, said to be fr German Schnucke, ''small sheep''; probably related to the pet names snooks, snookums, etc]

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