- Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas.
- fat or grease, especially of a chicken.
Origin of schmaltz
Examples from the Web for schmaltz
Schmaltz and Lachaumareys gave orders to take the route for Senegal.
Schmaltz and Lachaumareys, were at the port to receive us from our boats.
And again the fortune of Schmaltz was swept away and again he was kicked.
Somehow or other the story of Schmaltz and the shirt had made him sad.
He and Schmaltz they couldn't have it whole because "half of the back is on the front."
- excessive sentimentality, esp in music
- US animal fat used in cooking
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].