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schmaltz Line breaks: schmaltz
Pronunciation: /ʃmɔːlts/

Definition of schmaltz in English:


[mass noun] informal
Excessive sentimentality, especially in music or films: at the end of the film the audience are drowned in a sea of schmaltz romantic schmaltz
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  • And that's just sentimental schmaltz and keeps sort of slowing down the movie, when you want to see this crisp, involving action story.
  • The two lead actors acquit themselves admirably in their roles, rescuing the film from descending into schmaltz.
  • But even when these songs have heart-rending subject matter, there's usually something uplifting near the surface, delivered without schmaltz or gushing sentimentality.


1930s: from Yiddish shmaltz, from German Schmalz 'dripping, lard'.

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