or schmalz·y

[ shmahlt-see, shmawlt- ]
/ ˈʃmɑlt si, ˈʃmɔlt- /

adjective, schmaltz·i·er, schmaltz·i·est. Informal.

of, relating to, or characterized by schmaltz.


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Origin of schmaltzy

First recorded in 1930–35; schmaltz + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for schmaltzy

/ (ʃmæltsɪ, ʃmɔːltsɪ) /

adjective -ier or -iest

excessively sentimental
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