schmear

[shmeer]Slang.

noun

a dab, as of cream cheese, spread on a roll, bagel, or the like.
a number of related things, ideas, etc., resulting in a unified appearance, attitude, plan, or the like (usually used in the phrase the whole schmear).
a bribe.

verb (used with object)

to spread; smear: Schmear it on the bread.
to bribe.

Nearby words

  1. schm-,
  2. schmalkalden,
  3. schmaltz,
  4. schmaltzy,
  5. schmatte,
  6. schmeling,
  7. schmendrick,
  8. schmick,
  9. schmidt,
  10. schmidt telescope

Origin of schmear

1960–65; apparently < Yiddish shmirn to smear, grease; compare Middle High German smirwen (German schmieren); see smear

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British Dictionary definitions for schmear

schmear

schmeer

noun

US informal a situation, matter, or affair (esp in the phrase the whole schmear)

Word Origin for schmear

C20: from Yiddish shmirn to smear or grease

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Word Origin and History for schmear

schmear

n.

1961, "bribery," from Yiddish shmir "spread," from shmirn "to grease, smear," from Middle High German smiren, from Old High German smirwen "to smear" (see smear (v.); cf. slang to grease (someone's) palm "to bribe"). Phrase the whole schmear "the entire affair" is attested from 1969, originally show business jargon,

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