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[shmooz] /ʃmuz/ Slang.
verb (used without object), schmoozed, schmoozing.
to chat idly; gossip.
idle conversation; chatter.
Also, schmoose, schmoos.
Origin of schmooze
1895-1900, Americanism; < Yiddish, v. use of schmues < Hebrew shəmūʿōth reports, gossip
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schmoozer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for schmooze
  • On manicured greens and fairways, business lobbyists schmooze with golfing politicians.
  • All over town, politicians gather to plot plots, talk tactics and schmooze.
  • He had even dabbled a bit in the art of the schmooze.
  • The peanut gallery cheered and booed, and it was clear that this crowd came to watch, not to schmooze.
  • He understands budgets, he understands how to schmooze with the politicians.
  • After a show, for instance, there is always the protocol of going backstage to schmooze the designers.
  • Still, the jurors couldn't help but schmooze around the edges during breaks.
  • Public relations is not all about spin and schmooze.
  • It wasn't some foreigner walking in there and trying to schmooze them over a little bit.
  • Some coaches merely tolerate the schmooze-and-sell two-step of recruiting.
British Dictionary definitions for schmooze


(intransitive) to chat or gossip
(transitive) to chat to (someone) for the purposes of self-promotion or to gain some advantage
a trivial conversation; chat
Word Origin
Yiddish, from schmues a chat, from Hebrew shemuoth reports
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Word Origin and History for schmooze

also shmooze, "to chat intimately," 1897, from Yiddish shmuesn "to chat," from shmues "idle talk, chat," from Hebrew shemu'oth "news, rumors." As a noun from 1939. Related: Schmoozed; schmoozing. Schmoozer is from 1909.

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Slang definitions & phrases for schmooze



: Two buddies enjoying a quiet schmooz

  1. To converse, esp lengthily and cozily: stop and chat (Schmoos, he calls it)/ lawyers schmoozing in the halls (1897+)
  2. To seduce with flattery; soft soap: What he does is he hooks up with these dumb women whom he schmoozes and lives off (1990s+)

[fr Yiddish fr Hebrew schmuos, ''things heard'']

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