Meaning of schmear in English:


Pronunciation /ʃmɪə/


(also schmeer)
informal North American
  • 1An underhand inducement.

    • ‘he knew the schmear was on when the producer invited him to lunch’
    inducement, incentive
  • 2A smear or spread.

    • ‘a schmear of low-fat cream cheese’
    • ‘With a barrage of self-deprecating Jewish humor, it gets off to a fast and funny start, but unfortunately, like just a few schmeers of cream cheese for a basketful of bagels, it's all spread pretty thin by the end.’
    • ‘Finally, grab a copy, a bagel, a shmear.’
    • ‘The speculations have ranged from Joan Baez in particular to his audience in general, with more than a shmear of misogyny in the former case, misanthropy in the latter.’
    • ‘And the schmeer wasn't so much a schmeer as it was a huge dollop of mayo laden with shredded lettuce and sliced red onion.’
    • ‘And then I carefully sipped champagne as I mingled but my stomach kept growling so I went back to put a schmear of cheese torte on a water cracker.’
    • ‘Half the fun of eating these is playing around, mixing up the fillings by adding a little rice on one taco, a schmear of beans on the next.’
    • ‘And, in interstellar news, today Earth's moon and the planet Jupiter will rendezvous in the predawn sky, probably for some coffee, maybe a bagel with a little shmear.’
    • ‘In an appeal to the target market's well-developed cynicism, Hank himself is shown saying, ‘May I suggest you have that with a schmear’.’
    • ‘While making my way to the kitchen for my morning espresso and bagel with schmear, I called my couch a worthless SOB for looking so comfortable knowing I would not be able to recline there all day like I so desired.’
    • ‘Sam chose the cold bagel and shmear and a nice little carton of chocolate milk, as always.’


(also schmeer)
[with object] informal North American
  • Flatter or ingratiate oneself with (someone)

    • ‘he was buying us drinks and schmearing us up’


    the whole schmear
    North American informal
    • Everything possible or available; every aspect of the situation.

      • ‘I'm going for the whole schmear’
      • ‘I can't help feeling that this also brings the things that appall me - the anger, the punitiveness, the blood and suffering and the whole shmeer.’
      • ‘Oh, can I have a half a dozen of those and hook my friend up here with the whole shmear - you know, clubs, bats, shoes, glove, shirts, pants.’
      • ‘Credit the still-tight bandly playing for keeping the whole shmear from turning into a solipsistic acoustic mess.’
      • ‘He anchors the whole shmear with some fat bass.’
      • ‘People gave him a soldier's burial, twenty-one guns, the whole shmeer.’
      • ‘And the whole shmear will be ‘parametrically processed on Substrate Technologies.’’


1960s from Yiddish shmirn ‘flatter, grease’.