Definition of schmatte in English:

schmatte

(also shmatte)

noun

US
informal
  • A rag; a ragged or shabby garment.

    • ‘‘Underneath the veil or shmatte, every woman wants to be loved and cherished,’ she said.’
    • ‘His wife, though, simply has to lose that sash on her shmatte.’
    • ‘Hair unbound, women bedecked in shmattes of white tulle waft aimlessly around a stage hung with school-pageant clouds.’
    piece of cloth, bit of cloth, fragment of cloth, scrap of cloth, cloth
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Origin

1970s: Yiddish shmatte, from Polish szmata ‘rag’.

Pronunciation

schmatte

/ˈʃmɑdə//ˈSHmädə/