schmo

or schmoe

[ shmoh ]
/ ʃmoʊ /

noun, plural schmoes. Slang.

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

Nearby words

  1. schmidt, helmut,
  2. schmidt-lanterman incisure,
  3. schmierkase,
  4. schmitt,
  5. schmitt trigger,
  6. schmoe,
  7. schmoo,
  8. schmoose,
  9. schmooze,
  10. schmuck

Origin of schmo

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for schmoe

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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Word Origin and History for schmoe

schmoe

n.

also schmo, "idiot, fool," 1948, euphemized form of schmuck.

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