Origin of schmaltz
Examples from the Web for schmaltz
And again the fortune of Schmaltz was swept away and again he was kicked.
He and Schmaltz they couldn't have it whole because "half of the back is on the front."
Schmaltz and Lachaumareys, were at the port to receive us from our boats.
Schmaltz and Lachaumareys took the lead along the coast, and all the expedition followed.
Schmaltz and Lachaumareys gave orders to take the route for Senegal.
British Dictionary definitions for schmaltz
Word Origin for schmaltz
Word Origin and History for schmaltz
"banal or excessive sentimentalism," 1935, from Yiddish shmalts, literally "melted fat," from Middle High German smalz, from Old High German smalz "animal fat," related to smelzan "to melt" (see smelt (v.)). Modern German Schmalz "fat, grease" has the same figurative meaning. First mentioned in English as "a derogatory term used to describe straight jazz" ["Vanity Fair," Nov. 1935].