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n. Slang
Variant of schnook.


a variant spelling of schnook


or shnook


n. Slang.
a stupid or gullible person.
[1945–50, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]
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Noun1.shnook - (Yiddish) a gullible simpleton more to be pitied than despised; "don't be such an apologetic shnook"
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
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with the low-rent gonifs who populate Raymer's memoir, but neither has he managed to avoid looking, at times, like a bumbling shnook, as Fred Goodman makes clear in Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman Jr.
He did not call any of them a chazzer, chutzpenik, draikop, ganef, k'vatsh, nudnik, ongeblozzener, oysvurf, potzevateh, pustunpasnik, schmendrick, shikker, shlub, shmegegi, shmok, shnook, traifnyak, trombenik, yold, yukel, zhlob or zhulik (terms of endearment he apparently reserved for melt), and indeed Yale expressed the greatest respect and affection for those who engaged him in these rhetorical rhubarbs.
But in his version Katz complicates the song's Orientalized singing subject by calling him "Fu-Man Shnook," a "Chinese Litvak," and by interrupting the Eastern instrumentation with his obligatory klezmer bridges.