schmooze
I. verb or shmooze (schmoozed or shmoozed; schmoozing or shmoozing) Etymology: Yiddish shmuesn, from schmues talk, from Hebrew shĕmu'ōth news, rumor Date: 1884 intransitive verb to converse informally ; chat; also to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections transitive verb to engage in schmoozing with <
she schmoozed her professors
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schmoozer noun II. noun Date: 1949 1. a gathering or time devoted to schmoozing 2. casual talk that is often gossipy or ingratiating

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  • schmooze — [ʃmu:z] v [i]informal [Date: 1800 1900; : Yiddish; Origin: shmuesn to talk ] to talk in a friendly way about unimportant things at a social event, especially because you want to gain an advantage for yourself later schmooze with ▪ Politicians… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • schmooze — [ ʃmuz ] verb intransitive INFORMAL to talk with someone in a friendly and informal way, often with the intention of gaining an advantage or persuading them to do something you want ╾ schmooze noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • schmooze — (v.) also shmooze, to chat intimately, 1897, from Yiddish shmuesn to chat, from shmues idle talk, chat, from Heb. shemu oth news, rumors. Schmoozer is from 1909 …   Etymology dictionary

  • schmooze — informal, chiefly N. Amer. ► VERB 1) chat; gossip. 2) chat to (someone) in order to gain an advantage. ► NOUN ▪ an intimate conversation. DERIVATIVES schmoozer noun schmoozy adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • schmooze — ☆ schmooze [shmo͞osshmo͞oz ] vi. schmoozed, schmoozing [W Yiddish shmuzn, var. of Yiddish shmuesn < shmues, a chat, lit., rumors, gossip, pl. of shmue < Heb shemua, rumor, news < shama, to hear] Slang to chat or gossip n. Slang an idle… …   English World dictionary

  • schmooze — UK [ʃmuːz] / US [ʃmuz] verb [intransitive] Word forms schmooze : present tense I/you/we/they schmooze he/she/it schmoozes present participle schmoozing past tense schmoozed past participle schmoozed informal to talk with someone in a friendly and …   English dictionary

  • schmooze — [[t]ʃmu͟ːz[/t]] schmoozes, schmoozing, schmoozed VERB If you schmooze, you talk casually and socially with someone. [mainly AM, INFORMAL] ...those coffee houses where you can schmooze for hours. Syn: chat …   English dictionary

  • schmooze — [19] To ‘schmooze’ is to chat or gossip. The word came into colloquial American English towards the end of the 19th century from Yiddish shmuesn ‘to talk, chat’, which in turn was based on Hebrew shemū’ah ‘rumour’ …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • schmooze —    (shmooz) [Yiddish, from Hebrew: reports; gossip] In slang, to converse idly; to chat. Chatter; idle conversation. Also, a heart to heart talk.    “We schmooze,” Davidson said. “When we’re on charters or on Tarmacs, . . . we talk hockey.” The… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • schmooze — AND shmooze; schmoose 1. n. to chat; to chew the fat. (From Hebrew schmuos via Yiddish.) □ You were schmoozing when you should have been listening. D We were schmoozing before quitting time, and then the boss walked by. 1. n. a session of… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • schmooze — [19] To ‘schmooze’ is to chat or gossip. The word came into colloquial American English towards the end of the 19th century from Yiddish shmuesn ‘to talk, chat’, which in turn was based on Hebrew shemū’ah ‘rumour’ …   Word origins

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