schnook

[shnoo k]
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Origin of schnook

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for schnook

schnook

noun
  1. US slang a stupid or gullible person

Word Origin for schnook

from Yiddish shnok, variant of shmok schmo
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Word Origin and History for schnook
n.

1948, probably from Yiddish shnuk "elephant's trunk," or altered from schmuck (q.v.), or perhaps from German schnucke "a small sheep," used in U.S. Yiddish for "a customer easily persuaded, a sucker."

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