Definition of schmaltzy in English:

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schmaltzy

Pronunciation: /ˈSHmôltsē/
/ˈSHmältsē/

adjective (schmaltzier, schmaltziest)

informal
Excessively sentimental: schmaltzy ballads
More example sentences
  • It is the perfect blend of comedy and drama, carefully treading the fine line between sentimentality and humour so that it never becomes too schmaltzy or too dreary.
  • There are some redeeming features, but thus far the show needs to ditch the schmaltzy love triangles and sensationalism and focus on character and story.
  • Believe me, there is nothing schmaltzy about this riveting futuristic film noir thriller.

Origin

1930s: from schmaltz + -y1.

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Syllabification: schmaltz·y

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