Word Origin & History

"stupid person," 1944, from Yiddish shmendrik, from the name of a character in an operetta by Avrom Goldfaden (1840-1908), Father of Yiddish Theater.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang Dictionary

schmendrick definition

and shmendrick
  1. n.
    a stupid and ineffectual nobody. (Yiddish.) : Some schmendrick from downstairs asked if you could turn down your stereo.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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