or schmalz

[ shmahlts, shmawlts ]
/ ʃmɑlts, ʃmɔlts /


Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas.
fat or grease, especially of a chicken.

Origin of schmaltz

1930–35; < Yiddish shmalts or German Schmaltz; cognate with smelt1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for schmaltz



/ (ʃmælts, ʃmɔːlts) /


excessive sentimentality, esp in music
US animal fat used in cooking

Word Origin for schmaltz

C20: from German (Schmalz) and Yiddish: melted fat, from Old High German smalz
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