schmoozes

schmooze

[shmooz] Slang.
verb (used without object), schmoozed, schmoozing.
1.
to chat idly; gossip.
noun
2.
idle conversation; chatter.
Also, schmoose, schmoos.


Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; < Yiddish, v. use of schmues < Hebrew shəmūʿōth reports, gossip

schmoozer, noun
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schmooze (ʃmuːz)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to chat or gossip
2.  (tr) to chat to (someone) for the purposes of self-promotion or to gain some advantage
 
n
3.  a trivial conversation; chat
 
[Yiddish, from schmues a chat, from Hebrew shemuoth reports]

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schmooze
"to chat intimately," 1897, from Yiddish shmuesn "to chat," from shmues "idle talk, chat," from Heb. shemu'oth "news, rumors." Schmooozer is from 1909.
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