[ shmooz ]
/ ʃmuz /

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

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

Related forms

schmooz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for schmooze


/ (ʃmuːz) slang /


(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

Word Origin for schmooze

Yiddish, from schmues a chat, from Hebrew shemuoth reports
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