Etymology
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schmooze (v.)

also shmooze, "to chat intimately," 1897 (schmoos), from Yiddish shmuesn "to chat," from shmues "idle talk, chat," from Hebrew shemu'oth "news, rumors." As a noun from 1939. Related: Schmoozed; schmoozing. Agent noun schmoozer is by 1909.

updated on January 31, 2022

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Definitions of schmooze from WordNet
1
schmooze (v.)
talk idly or casually and in a friendly way;
Synonyms: shmooze / shmoose / schmoose / jawbone
2
schmooze (n.)
an informal conversation;
Synonyms: chat / confab / confabulation / schmoose
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