Definition of schmutz in English:


(also shmutz)


mass nounNorth American
  • Dirt or a similar unpleasant substance.

    ‘these handy wipes are always close by for swiping schmutz off my shoes, or cleaning up coffee spills’
    ‘you might want to get that schmutz off your face’
    • ‘You must use sticky tape to lift successive layers of schmutz from the window.’
    • ‘"It is the schmutz from the air that locks the surfaces and causes friction," says Robbins.’
    • ‘Sticky fingers and gunky glom have a way to adhering to a mom's wardrobe. Combat the schmutz by wearing clothes that are easily washable rather than dry-clean only ones.’
    • ‘I've been around a few 'scopes in my time and their mirrors always have some schmutz on them.’
    • ‘"What do you think they got fined for - schmutz on the sidewalk?"’
    • ‘Do you know how hard it is to get that schmutz off of the ceiling?'’
    • ‘The hill is located about a mile away and we trudged through the schmutz and ice to get there.’
    • ‘I whipped out my trusty tablet and fired it up and was immediately embarrassed by the amount of schmutz that was on my screen.’
    • ‘If you have 12 kb of Base64-encoded schmutz in your header, that isn't exactly helping people find your pages via Google searches.’
    • ‘He does a really good job of capturing a real city, not a Hollywood city where gritty is represented by new stuff with smudges of schmutz on the top.’


Yiddish shmuts or German Schmutz.