Definition of schmaltz noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

schmaltz

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ʃmɔːlts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃmɔːlts//
 
[uncountable](informal, disapproving)
 
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the quality of being too sentimental At the end of the movie we drown in a sea of schmaltz. Word Origin 1930s: from Yiddish shmaltz, from German Schmalz ‘dripping, lard’.
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