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schnook

[shnoo k] /ʃnʊk/
noun, Slang.
1.
an unimportant or stupid person; dope.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for schnook

schnook

/ʃnʊk/
noun
1.
(US, slang) a stupid or gullible person
Word Origin
from Yiddish shnok, variant of shmokschmo
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Word Origin and History for schnook
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for schnook

schnook

noun

An ineffectual person; a naive person often victimized; patsy • A more affectionate and compassionate way of designating a schlemiel: Don't be such an apologetic schnook

[1940s+; fr American-Yiddish shnook, said to be fr German Schnucke, ''small sheep''; probably related to the pet names snooks, snookums, etc]


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