schmoose

or schmoos

[ shmooz, shmoos ]
/ ʃmuz, ʃmus /

verb (used without object), schmoosed, schmoos·ing, noun


Nearby words

  1. schmitt,
  2. schmitt trigger,
  3. schmo,
  4. schmoe,
  5. schmoo,
  6. schmooze,
  7. schmuck,
  8. schmutter,
  9. schmutz,
  10. schmutzy

schmooze

[ shmooz ]
/ ʃmuz /
Slang.

verb (used without object), schmoozed, schmooz·ing.

to chat idly; gossip.

noun

idle conversation; chatter.
Also schmoose, schmoos.

Origin of schmooze

1895–1900, Americanism; < Yiddish, v. use of schmues < Hebrew shəmūʿōth reports, gossip

Related formsschmooz·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for schmooses

schmooze

/ (ʃmuːz) slang /

verb

(intr) to chat or gossip
(tr) to chat to (someone) for the purposes of self-promotion or to gain some advantage

noun

a trivial conversation; chat

Word Origin for schmooze

Yiddish, from schmues a chat, from Hebrew shemuoth reports

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Word Origin and History for schmooses

schmooze

v.

also shmooze, "to chat intimately," 1897, from Yiddish shmuesn "to chat," from shmues "idle talk, chat," from Hebrew shemu'oth "news, rumors." As a noun from 1939. Related: Schmoozed; schmoozing. Schmoozer is from 1909.

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