schm-

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Imitative of many Yiddish words such as schmaltz or schmuck.

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schm-

  1. Used to form a reduplicated rhyming compound of any word in order to express disparagement, dismissal, or derision.
    I have to tell you, madam, that your son is suffering from an Oedipus complex. —Oedipus, Schmoedipus! What does it matter, so long as he loves his mother? (Jewish joke)
    Rain, schmain, we've got a game to play.
  2. Used to form an intensified word, typically with words starting with m especially for comedic effect.
    Issa big schmood.
    Look at my big schmeat.

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