schmaltz
also schmalz noun Etymology: Yiddish shmalts, literally, rendered fat Date: 1935 1. sentimental or florid music or art 2. sentimentalityschmaltzy adjective

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  • Schmaltz — or schmalz is rendered pig, chicken, or goose fat used for frying or as a spread on bread, especially in German and Polish cuisine. The brown fatty residue left in the pan after frying bacon is schmalz (although the melted fat that is usually… …   Wikipedia

  • Schmaltz — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Bernhard Schmaltz (* 1941), deutscher Klassischer Archäologe Constantine S. Rafinesque Schmaltz (1783–1840), US amerikanischer Gelehrter Johann Stephan Schmaltz (* 1715 in Wandersleben, † 1784 in Arnstadt) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • schmaltz — ☆ schmaltz [shmälts, shmôlts ] n. [? via Yiddish < Ger schmaltz, lit., rendered fat, akin to schmelzen, to melt: see SMELT2] Slang 1. highly sentimental and banal music, literature, etc. 2. banal or excessive sentimentalism: Also sp. schmalz… …   English World dictionary

  • Schmaltz — Schmaltz, Moritz Ferdinand, geb. 18. Juni 1789 in Stolpen in Sachsen, wo sein Vater Acciseinspector war; erhielt seine Vorbildung seit 1798 auf der Fürstenschule in Meißen, studirte seit 1894 in Leipzig u. später in Wittenberg Theologie,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Schmaltz — Schmaltz, Mor. Ferd., prot. Theolog, geb. 1785 zu Stolpen bei Dresden, 1816–18 Prediger zu Wien. 1819 Pastor an der Kirche zu Neustadt Dresden, seit 1833 Hauptpastor an der St. Jakobikirche u. Scholarch in Hamburg, gilt als ausgezeichneter… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • schmaltz — [ ʃmɔlts ] noun uncount INFORMAL music, art, or movies that are emotional in a way that seems silly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • schmaltz — (n.) banal or excessive sentimentalism, 1935, from Yiddish shmalts, lit. melted fat, from M.H.G. smalz, from O.H.G., related to smelzan to melt. Modern Ger. Schmalz fat, grease has the same figurative meaning. First mentioned in English as a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • schmaltz — ► NOUN informal ▪ excessive sentimentality. DERIVATIVES schmaltzy adjective. ORIGIN Yiddish, from German Schmalz dripping, lard …   English terms dictionary

  • Schmaltz — Gaenseschmalz (schmaltz de ganso). El schmaltz o schmalz es grasa procesada de pollo o ganso usada para freír o untar sobre pan. Es popular en la gastronomía judía, siendo usado por los judíos del noroeste y este de Europa a quienes el cashrut… …   Wikipedia Español

  • schmaltz — or schmalz or shmaltz [[t]ʃmɑlts, ʃmɔlts[/t]] n. inf Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or writing • Etymology: 1930–35; < Yiddish shmalts or G Schmaltz fat, grease, c. smelt I schmaltz′y, adj. schmaltz•i•er, schmaltz•i•est …   From formal English to slang

  • schmaltz —    (shmahlts) [Yiddish] Rendered chicken fat; grease. By extension, anything overly sentimental, especially in music or popular theater; mushy emotionalism. The adjective is schmaltzy, while “to schmaltz it up” is to add pathos or sentimentality… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

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