schmo

or schmoe

[ shmoh ]
/ ʃmoʊ /

noun, plural schmoes. Slang.

a foolish, boring, or stupid person; a jerk.

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Origin of schmo

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; of obscure origin
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Example sentences from the Web for schmo

  • The founders and bosses will have Class A shares – one share, one vote – just like any schmo who buys in at the IPO.

    Gaming the Twitter IPO|Daniel Gross|October 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for schmo

schmo

shmo

/ (ʃməʊ) /

noun plural schmoes or shmoes

US slang a dull, stupid, or boring person

Word Origin for schmo

from Yiddish shmok
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