- to chat idly; gossip.
- idle conversation; chatter.
Also schmoose, schmoos.
Origin of schmooze
1895–1900, Americanism; < Yiddish, v. use of schmues < Hebrew shəmūʿōth reports, gossip
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- (intr) to chat or gossip
- (tr) to chat to (someone) for the purposes of self-promotion or to gain some advantage
- a trivial conversation; chat
Yiddish, from schmues a chat, from Hebrew shemuoth reports
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Word Origin and History for schmooses
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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