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or schmalz·y

[shmahlt-see, shmawlt-]
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adjective, schmaltz·i·er, schmaltz·i·est. Informal.
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by schmaltz.
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Origin of schmaltzy

First recorded in 1930–35; schmaltz + -y1
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affectionate, bathetic, corny, dewy-eyed, dreamy, effusive, gushy, idealistic, impressionable, inane, jejune, loving, maudlin, mawkish, moonstruck, nostalgic, pathetic, romantic, saccharine, sappy

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adjective -ier or -iest
  1. excessively sentimental
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Word Origin and History for schmaltzy


1935, from schmaltz + -y (2). Related: Schmaltziness.

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