A rag; a ragged or shabby garment.
- Hair unbound, women bedecked in shmattes of white tulle waft aimlessly around a stage hung with school-pageant clouds.
- His wife, though, simply has to lose that sash on her shmatte.
- ‘Underneath the veil or shmatte, every woman wants to be loved and cherished,’ she said.
1970s: Yiddish shmatte, from Polish szmata 'rag'.
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