schmuck

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See also: Schmuck and schmück

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From Yiddish שמאָק (shmok, penis). Further origin uncertain. Possibly from Old Polish smok (dragon). Alternatively from the verb Middle High German smucken, archaic German schmucken, which has several meanings respectively allowing different semantic connections: “to squeeze, press, fit into something tight”; “to hug, snuggle, kiss”; “to adorn, decorate”. (The last of these senses is less likely, but compare German Schmuck (jewellery) and English crown jewels.)

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schmuck (plural schmucks)

  1. (colloquial, vulgar) The penis.
  2. (colloquial, derogatory) A useless item or person.
  3. (colloquial, derogatory, US) A jerk; an unpleasant or detestable person.
    • 1995 September, The Playboy Interview: Cindy Crawford, Playboy
      One day my girlfriend, her boyfriend and I were sunbathing topless because that's Barbados - you can wear nothing if you want. And the Pepsi guy walks up and with my agent to meet us for lunch. I wondered if I should put on my top because I have a business relationship with him. I didn't want him to get offended because the rest of the beach had seen me with my top off. Meanwhile, as he's walking towards me he' saying to my agent "I hope she puts on her top.". He wasn't even being a schmuck, like wanting to see.

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From Proto-Germanic *smukkaz (something slipped into)

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schmuck (comparative schmucker, superlative am schmucksten)

  1. (dated) pretty, spruce

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