schmaltz(redirected from schmaltzier)
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schmaltzalso schmalz (shmälts)
a. Excessively sentimental art or music.
b. Maudlin sentimentality.
2. Liquid fat, especially chicken fat.
[Yiddish shmalts, animal fat, sentimentality, from Middle High German smalz, animal fat, from Old High German; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]
schmaltz(ʃmælts; ʃmɔːlts) or
1. excessive sentimentality, esp in music
2. (Cookery) US animal fat used in cooking
[C20: from German (Schmalz) and Yiddish: melted fat, from Old High German smalz]
Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or writing.
[1930–35; < Yiddish shmalts or German Schmaltz fat, grease, c. smelt1]
schmaltz′y, adj. schmaltz•i•er, schmaltz•i•est.
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|Noun||1.||schmaltz - (Yiddish) excessive sentimentality in art or music|
sentimentality, drippiness, mawkishness, mushiness, soupiness, sloppiness - falsely emotional in a maudlin way
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