Definition of schmo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃməʊ
(also shmo)

noun (plural schmoes)

North American informal
  • 1A stupid person: the jerk disappeared—the tall schmo with the voice up his nose
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    • He is a guy whose appeal is that he's an everyman, a standard-issue schmo, and his voice is flat and unexpressive.
    • And the average shmo can still download plenty of tunes without compensating artists.
    • But when the stakes are somewhere in between - as they are now - personal power struggles can turn deadly: not for the participants, of course, but for the poor schmoes (U.S. and foreign) who wind up being used as pawns.
  • 1.1 (also Joe Schmo) A hypothetical ordinary man: a lot of Joe Schmoes make it to the big leagues
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    • To my mind, advocates of this view have three things to prove: user fees are fair, user fees work and ordinary schmoes (like you and me) are to blame for all that garbage.
    • Sure, they did way better than us ordinary schmoes.
    • They feel like they can get by with any Joe Schmo until they need a big bomb or they're giving up points because of [poor punting].


1940s: alteration of schmuck.

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