Definition of schmuck in US English:


(also shmuck)


North American
  • A foolish or contemptible person.

    ‘you've really got to be some schmuck to fall for that one’
    • ‘They don't even talk to each other and managers tear their hair out just trying to get the schmucks on stage.’
    • ‘He'd have to listen to schmucks like me telling him what to do.’
    • ‘Run, you brown-nosing schmucks, there's a monogrammed empire to build!’
    • ‘It makes up for all the times schmucks have tried to get on the train before I can squeeze out, making me wish I had worn my football helmet and pads.’
    • ‘That's so the schmuck doesn't take the gun back and make him eat it.’
    • ‘Actually, it seems to suggest, he's not been tainted by his minor fame; he's not one of those celebrity schmucks whose ego has taken over.’
    • ‘The average guy who buys a mutual fund is not an investor at all; he's a chump, a patsy, a schmuck.’
    • ‘He was just delightful, informative, funny, and a hell of a nice guy, as opposed to the many schmucks in our business.’
    • ‘I'd prefer not to have to interact in a pleasant manner with schmucks.’
    • ‘Your colleagues and middle managers are schmucks looking for heroes, and you are the future - but you have to dress the part.’
    • ‘I'm sure that you're completely different from all those other schmucks.’
    • ‘Now that I've tried to say that this book is for writers, and really not for the general schmucks like you and me who just write simple stuff, please allow me to back up a little.’
    • ‘I could not help feeling superior as I surveyed the poor schmucks partaking of such costly fare while sipping their persimmon margaritas.’
    • ‘She had lots of good boyfriends in her twenties, long-term boyfriends, but when she hit 30 she started meeting schmucks.’
    • ‘The perfectly moronic bearer of this little divine awakening has the distinction of being one of the first truly monumental schmucks of my career.’
    • ‘Now, we realize that the rest of the planet doesn't give a dog's bone about the inner workings of shluppy, underpaid media schmucks, but let me tell you: This is a really huge thing in our little world.’
    • ‘And when they're not playing hard, they look like schmucks because of how Jason plays.’
    • ‘As I put it to my students, if Yiddish were erased from contemporary English we'd have a hard time talking about bagels, pastrami, klutzes, and schmucks.’
    • ‘I can't help but feel bad for the poor rookie schmucks who serve as waterboys to the storm troopers.’
    • ‘So he goes out and wins 20 games and is stellar in the play-offs and now the Yankees have to sign him or they look like schmucks.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Late 19th century: from Yiddish shmok ‘penis’.