Definition of schnook in US English:


(also shnook)


  • A person easily duped; a fool.

    ‘just a poor schnook who gave her husband a lift’
    • ‘He played the schnook with believable restraint, leaving the Marx Brothers, Jerry Lewis and Lou Costello to play the clowns.’
    • ‘The first hour of the film is the best, with Lemmon inhabiting the role of pathetic schnook that he plays so well.’
    • ‘No sequel required - who'd pay money to watch the life of a schnook?’
    • ‘Harding, whose funeral train ran the length of the continent with people lining the tracks, roosts in history's attic, a presidential schnook.’
    • ‘Yes, he was visiting the senate committee again today, helping them understand why he's still got 66 million dollars and the schnooks who worked for him are selling pencils from a tin cup on the street.’
    • ‘You have without a doubt been a good schnook for too long, and here's what you should do: Call these nuts and tell them they have two days to return home or the dog is going to an animal shelter.’
    • ‘After seeing the collection reinstalled in that spectacular building, only a true philistine - or a schnook - would think it's not worth it.’
    • ‘He would be defeated not by votes but by how well he could tolerate not just world-class, presidential-caliber anxiety but the constantly changing vectors of his own self-image - was he thief, hero, spoiler, contender, schnook?’
    • ‘Her ‘lessons’ are an in-your-face affront, and the role you've been playing is that of the good schnook.’
    • ‘He's now just another schnook trying to make it legitimately.’
    • ‘Start by finding out if a more-fitting job exists within your company, in which case you may have a head start over the other schnooks who want it.’
    • ‘I can still remember the schnook in the Hawaiian print shirt at a colleague's all-out wedding’
    • ‘And we're the schnooks who gape and give these people our grudging or not so grudging admiration.’
    • ‘Yes, I know now that a schnook gets duped.’
    • ‘He showed me a vial of sludgy black liquid, presumably from some poor schnook's fouled engine, and another vial of clear, amber fluid, presumably the ‘after’ effect.’


1940s: perhaps from German Schnucke ‘small sheep’ or from Yiddish shnuk ‘snout’.