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[shmahlt-see, shmawlt-] /ˈʃmɑlt si, ˈʃmɔlt-/
adjective, schmaltzier, schmaltziest. Informal.
of, relating to, or characterized by schmaltz.
Also, schmalzy.
Origin of schmaltzy
1930-35; schmaltz + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for schmaltzy
  • And, unlike a schmaltzy monologue or politically-fueled rant, it rang true to something that teenagers would actually do.
  • The director is famous for his schmaltzy endings, but in this case the sunny gloss seems nothing short of parody.
  • It was schmaltzy, but he meant it and it moves me to think back on that.
  • With plot holes the size of boulders, it's a thuddingly bad effort at wacky humor and schmaltzy redemption.
  • Lewis' annual telethon is as schmaltzy, funny, maddening.
  • But it's pleasantly done, often funny and never schmaltzy.
British Dictionary definitions for schmaltzy


/ʃmæltsɪ; ʃmɔːltsɪ/
adjective -ier, -iest
excessively sentimental
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for schmaltzy

1935, from schmaltz + -y (2). Related: Schmaltziness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for schmaltzy



Sentimental; sweetly melancholy; corny, icky: this schmaltzy king of schlock and roll (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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