[ shmeer ]
/ ʃmɪər /


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.

Origin of schmear

1960–65; apparently < Yiddish shmirn to smear, grease; compare Middle High German smirwen (German schmieren); see smear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for schmear



/ (ʃmɪə) /


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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