- an unimportant or stupid person; dope.
Origin of schnook
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; of uncertain origin
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- US slang a stupid or gullible person
from Yiddish shnok, variant of shmok schmo
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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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