- Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas.
- fat or grease, especially of a chicken.
Origin of schmaltz
Examples from the Web for schmalz
With a helpless shrug of his shoulders, Schmalz went after more liquor.By Right of Conquest
And then the pounds and pounds of butter were all wanted for Schmalz.
Schmalz stood at my elbow with a smile full of malice on his face.
Schmalz had retired this way, going from my room through the bathroom to his own room.
Frederick William, in spite of his support of Schmalz, was still troubled by some scruples of conscience.The Revolutionary Movement of 1848-9 in Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Germany
C. Edmund (Charles Edmund) Maurice
- excessive sentimentality, esp in music
- US animal fat used in cooking
Word Origin and History for schmalz
"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].