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schmaltz

[shmahlts, shmawlts] /ʃmɑlts, ʃmɔlts/
noun
1.
Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas.
2.
fat or grease, especially of a chicken.
Also, schmalz.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; < Yiddish shmalts or German Schmaltz; cognate with smelt1
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British Dictionary definitions for schmalz

schmaltz

/ʃmælts; ʃmɔːlts/
noun
1.
excessive sentimentality, esp in music
2.
(US) animal fat used in cooking
Word Origin
C20: from German (Schmalz) and Yiddish: melted fat, from Old High German smalz
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Word Origin and History for schmalz

schmaltz

n.

"banal or excessive sentimentalism," 1935, from Yiddish shmalts, literally "melted fat," from Middle High German smalz, from Old High German smalz "animal fat," related to smelzan "to melt" (see smelt (v.)). Modern German Schmalz "fat, grease" has the same figurative meaning. First mentioned in English as "a derogatory term used to describe straight jazz" ["Vanity Fair," Nov. 1935].

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Slang definitions & phrases for schmalz

schmaltz

noun

Blatant sentimentality, esp musical or theatrical material of a cloyingly sweet and maudlin sort; corn: happy combination of good theater and good pathos known as schmaltz

[1935+ Swing musicians; fr Yiddish shmalts, literally ''rendered fat'']


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