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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Definitions for schmatte

  1. Slang. an old ragged garment; tattered article of clothing.
  2. Slang. any garment.

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Citations for schmatte
Adele went downhill after that, especially after the girls were in school. She'd go for days without a shower. Started walking around in that pink schmatte and the flip-flops even in winter. Deborah Copaken Kogan, Between Here and April, 2008
Anyhow, Jan would wear a secondhand schmatte on her wedding day and be happy with it. The peasant look. Adriana Trigiani, The Supreme Macaroni Company, 2013
Origin of schmatte
1965-1970
Schmatte is from the Yiddish term shmate meaning "rag," which in turn comes from the Polish term szmata. It entered English in the mid-1900s.