shmuck

Alternative Spellings

shmok, schmock, schmuck, shmuk

Definitions

  • annoying, irritating person (lit. penis)

Example Sentences

  • "That guy is such a shmuck--I wish he would just leave."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

שמאָק shmok '(vulgar) penis, prick; fool, jackass'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

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