schnook

schnook

[shnook]
noun Slang.
an unimportant or stupid person; dope.

Origin:
1945–50, Americanism; of uncertain origin

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schnook (ʃnʊk)
 
n
slang (US) a stupid or gullible person
 
[from Yiddish shnok, variant of shmokschmo]

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schnook
1948, probably from Yiddish shnuk "elephant's trunk," or altered from schmuck (q.v.), or perhaps from Ger. schnucke "a small sheep," used in U.S. Yiddish for "a customer easily persuaded, a sucker."
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