Definition of schmaltzy in English:


Syllabification: schmaltz·y
Pronunciation: /ˈSHmältsē, ˈSHmôltsē

adjective (schmaltzier, schmaltziest)

  • Excessively sentimental: schmaltzy ballads
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    • At the risk of sounding completely schmaltzy, it was the best, most meaningful Canada Day in my life thus far.
    • The script started off as smart and sharp but the end was way too schmaltzy.
    • Few musical reunions are anything better than schmaltzy and many are far worse.


1930s: from schmaltz + -y1.

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