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schmooze

[ shmooz ]
/ ʃmuz /
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verb (used without object), schmoozed, schmooz·ing.
to chat idly; gossip.
noun
idle conversation; chatter.
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Also shmooze . Sometimes schmoose .

Origin of schmooze

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; from Yiddish, verb use of schmues, from Hebrew shəmūʿōth “reports, gossip”

OTHER WORDS FROM schmooze

schmooz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for schmooze

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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