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schmo

[shmoh] /ʃmoʊ/
noun, plural schmoes. Slang.
1.
a foolish, boring, or stupid person; a jerk.
Also, schmoe.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for schmoe

schmo

/ʃməʊ/
noun (pl) schmoes, shmoes
1.
(US, slang) a dull, stupid, or boring person
Word Origin
from Yiddish shmok
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Word Origin and History for schmoe
n.

also schmo, "idiot, fool," 1948, euphemized form of schmuck.

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Slang definitions & phrases for schmoe

schmo

noun
  1. A naive and hapless person; fool; goof: I've been standing here like a schmoe for 20 minutes
  2. A person; man; guy: Them big-time schmoes was stockholders
Related Terms

joe schmo

[1947+; perhaps a euphemistic alteration of Yiddish shmok, ''penis''; perhaps a quasi-Yiddish coinage for amusing effect; the term has been adopted into American Yiddish]


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