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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
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.