schnook

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish שנוק(shnuk), a person easily imposed upon or cheated.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Rhymes: -ʊk

Noun[edit]

schnook (plural schnooks)

  1. (slang) A person who is easily taken advantage of.
    He’s just a schnook. She’s obviously using him but he keeps coming back for more abuse.
    • 1960 July 4, "Time Listings", Time
      The Apartment. Producer-Director Billy Wilder tells of a sweet-natured schnook (brilliantly played by Jack Lemmon) who shoots up the corporate ladder.