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joe schmo

noun

the hypothetical average or ordinary person

Word Origin

1947; alternation of schmuck

Usage Note

slang; pl. Schmoes

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Joe Schmo

noun phrase

An undistinguished and unfortunate person

[1960s+; fr schmo, a Yiddish or quasi-Yiddish word meaning ''unfortunate person, schlemiel'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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