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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

what does the word "schmuck" mean?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Schmuck, a Yiddish word, has a range of meaning depending on context. In its most innocuous use, a schmuck is a person who does a stupid thing, in which case “dumb schmuck” is the appropriate expression.

    A schmuck's behavior ranges from pesky and inconsiderate, to obnoxious and manipulative. A schmuck's personality type ranges from jerk to bastard.

    Schmucky behavior also falls within a range of intentionality. Some schmucks carefully plan their bad behavior, some only a little, and some not at all. For example, the bastard may spend considerable time planning his bad deeds. In contrast, the dumb schmuck and the pesky behave badly without any forethought.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The word schmuck has become common in American English meaning a detestable person, or a jerk. The word also means a stupid or idiotic person. In these senses, schmuck entered English as a borrowed word from the Yiddish slang for foreskin, (Yiddish: שמאָק, shmok), where it is an obscene term and an insult. In his famous cultural lexicon, The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten lists the Yiddish schmuck as related to the Slovene word, šmok, meaning "a fool, an innocent, a gullible dolt."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    SCHMUCK-

    Vernacular Usage

    The word schmuck has become common in American English meaning a detestable person, or a jerk. The word also means a stupid or idiotic person. In these senses, schmuck entered English as a borrowed word from the Yiddish slang for foreskin, (Yiddish: שמאָק, shmok), where it is an obscene term and an insult. In his famous cultural lexicon, The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten lists the Yiddish schmuck as related to the Slovene word, šmok, meaning "a fool, an innocent, a gullible dolt."

    Use in popular culture

    Schmuck is a favorite expression of comedian Jackie Mason.

    Mad Magazine often jokingly uses "Schmuck" as an insult to its readers.

    Surname

    Of German origin, Schmuck means jewel or jewelry. The name is commonly seen on signs and billboards in Germany and Austria related to the merchandising of precious jewelry. The Schmuck family name has been traced to the birth of Christian von Schmuck in 1370. In 1624, an Armorial Patent, or Coat of Arms, was granted at Rattenberg by Archduke Leopold V of Austria.

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  • Erika
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    4 years ago

    What Is A Schmuck

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    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Meaning of schmuck is the detestable person or a jerk.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have never had that word explained to me, but it's such a great word and, in my opinion, is self-explanatory. (I'm not sure but I think it may be a Yiddish word).

    "That Eugene, he's such a schmuck!"

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Idiot.

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