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[shmeer] /ʃmɪər/ Slang.
a dab, as of cream cheese, spread on a roll, bagel, or the like.
a number of related things, ideas, etc., resulting in a unified appearance, attitude, plan, or the like (usually used in the phrase the whole schmear).
a bribe.
verb (used with object)
to spread; smear:
Schmear it on the bread.
to bribe.
Origin of schmear
1960-65; apparently < Yiddish shmirn to smear, grease; compare Middle High German smirwen (German schmieren); see smear Unabridged
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  • Its sturdy texture and lightly sour flavor provide the perfect pairing for a thick schmear of cream cheese or sweet butter.
British Dictionary definitions for schmear


(US, informal) a situation, matter, or affair (esp in the phrase the whole schmear)
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish shmirn to smear or grease
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Word Origin and History for schmear

1961, "bribery," from Yiddish shmir "spread," from shmirn "to grease, smear," from Middle High German smiren, from Old High German smirwen "to smear" (see smear (v.); cf. slang to grease (someone's) palm "to bribe"). Phrase the whole schmear "the entire affair" is attested from 1969, originally show business jargon,

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Slang definitions & phrases for schmear

schmear 1


A bribe: Since the rest of the tables were all unoccupied, it would seem to call for a bit of a shmear

  1. To bribe; GREASE someone's PALM: see this here Rabbi and schmear him a thousand dollars (1909+)
  2. o flatter and cajole someone; soft soap (1930+)

[fr Yiddish shmeer, literally ''grease'']

schmear 2


An accusation or innuendo meant to harm someone's reputation; a slander


To treat someone very roughly; clobber, cream, smear

[1950s+; fr a humorous mispronunciation of smear]

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