[ shnoo k ]
/ ʃnʊk /

noun Slang.

an unimportant or stupid person; dope.

Origin of schnook

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for schnook


/ (ʃnʊk) /


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



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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