One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessively sentimental.‘schmaltzy ballads’
sentimental, over-sentimental, mawkish, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, syrupyView synonyms
- ‘Few musical reunions are anything better than schmaltzy and many are far worse.’
- ‘It is the perfect blend of comedy and drama, carefully treading the fine line between sentimentality and humour so that it never becomes too schmaltzy or too dreary.’
- ‘If you listen to his earlier work a lot of it sounds schmaltzy by today's standards.’
- ‘I should add that the ending is uplifting, but totally schmaltzy.’
- ‘I found most of the songs well performed, if a bit schmaltzy.’
- ‘The first full-scale dance melody was given an almost schmaltzy swing.’
- ‘Oh, I know her music is mostly schmaltzy nonsense but it's fun.’
- ‘It's a romantic melodrama that's not the least bit ironic nor schmaltzy.’
- ‘The characters are appealing and wholesome without being schmaltzy.’
- ‘For all the dark wordplay, the album is an aural equivalent of that old American favourite, the schmaltzy biopic.’
- ‘The schmaltzy plot and overcooked acting made it hard to take the film very seriously.’
- ‘Believe me, there is nothing schmaltzy about this riveting futuristic film noir thriller.’
- ‘There are some redeeming features, but thus far the show needs to ditch the schmaltzy love triangles and sensationalism and focus on character and story.’
- ‘The script started off as smart and sharp but the end was way too schmaltzy.’
- ‘He switched to schmaltzy ballads that reinforced a cartoon notion of Greece.’
- ‘At the risk of sounding completely schmaltzy, it was the best, most meaningful Canada Day in my life thus far.’
1930s: from schmaltz + -y.
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