Meaning of schmooze in English:


Pronunciation /ʃmuːz/

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(also shmooze)
[no object] informal
  • Talk with someone in a lively and friendly way, typically in order to impress or manipulate them.

    • ‘it's a good time to put yourself forward, to network and to schmooze’
    • ‘my time is spent schmoozing with other media folk’
    • ‘she schmoozed every casting agent in town’
    • ‘Nearly once a month influence peddlers from different worlds gather to gossip, talk business, and schmooze at his Hollywood Hills home.’
    • ‘Although this is when most of the pieces sell, to punters lubricated by plentiful glasses of wine (or, in this case, beer), it is also the time when the focus is on being seen and schmoozing rather than seeing what the show has to offer.’
    • ‘Once on the scene, L.A. officers took control, got the information they needed, and returned to the road as fast as possible, wasting no time schmoozing with the citizenry.’
    • ‘He moved through the crowd schmoozing and smiling, surrounded by an arc of secret service, his suit jacket tossed saucily over his shoulder.’
    • ‘I can't reach her through the crowds, but I take her presence as a good sign: I am going to be schmoozing with celebs at this festival, big time.’
    • ‘While this glad-handing was politically motivated, we now also know that they are not above schmoozing with conmen for real-estate discounts.’
    • ‘We've always known that apart from a healthy outdoor sport that can turn you into an obsessive fruit and nut case, golf is a great way of socialising and schmoozing.’
    • ‘Your bud, meanwhile, has been cutting, pasting and schmoozing with him for months on yearbook staff.’
    • ‘Dan, a fresh-faced 40 year old, doesn't get the chance to go boozing and schmoozing with the industry very much.’
    • ‘We don't consider schmoozing at interviews to be a bad thing.’
    • ‘So maybe if he schmoozes with enough Scandinavian diplomats, some lucky chap down in Niagara-on-the-Lake will export a few more bottles of Pinot Noir; but I seriously doubt it.’
    • ‘Delightfully shameless, he chats his way though a barrage of rapid-fire lessons on how to schmooze, write, produce, direct, distribute, act and scam your way through the rather sordid underbelly that is the film biz.’
    • ‘For $15 a day, you have a changing area, make-up mirrors, a huge bathroom with showers, fresh towels, shaving supplies and a lounge to schmooze in afterwards with all the chips and pop you want.’
    • ‘Spaciously arranged so you can schmooze without getting your tush pinched, all the tables are good tables, although many prefer a station by the window where they can soak in the eye-candy out on the street.’
    • ‘‘Once the event is over you can schmooze if you like, but be respectful at all times,’ she will caution.’
    • ‘So how does a supposed grassroots party leader and second-tier politician get an invite to schmooze with major world players?’
    • ‘Go and schmooze with a VP (trust me, if they have the time every bigwig likes to talk about himself - they might even buy the coffee).’
    • ‘Saturday's the day to mingle, cruise and schmooze along Ste-Catherine street when Community Day shuts down one of downtown's main arteries.’
    • ‘That said, this week's brimming with sparkling repartee and buzzing with bright ideas - so cruise and schmooze to your heart's content.’
    • ‘He is sociable and funny without being brassy, so whether he is schmoozing with customers at one of his restaurants or tossing vegetables on the grill during a regular appearance on Good Morning America, he is the ideal brand emissary.’
    talk, talk to, chat, chat up, converse, converse with, communicate, communicate with, exchange information, exchange information with, interface, interface with, network, network with, link up, link up with, hook up, hook up with, mingle, mingle with, mix, mix with
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(also shmooze)
  • A lively and friendly conversation, typically one conducted in order to impress or manipulate others.

    • ‘Williams hung around for a bite of lunch and a schmooze’
    • ‘Jon had a schmooze with a wireless guy’
    • ‘‘Lashings of booze, and a schmooze with La Crème de la Crème of The Scottish Enlightenment are just a taste of what is on offer,’ the invite said.’
    • ‘Although the whole schmooze is tuned towards sex.’
    • ‘Between one and two, the Grill is chock-full of agents power lunching on mineral water (the schmooze is boozeless in modern LA).’
    • ‘Hollywood attitude and schmooze might well be the engine that drives this 11-day orgy of movies, parties and buzz.’
    • ‘But Jacques Chirac, not due for an Oval Office schmooze anytime soon, puts it slightly differently.’
    • ‘There'll be other industry schmoozes, I guess…’
    discussion, talk, chat, gossip, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, head-to-head, exchange, dialogue, parley, consultation, conference
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Late 19th century (in US use, as a verb): from Yiddish shmuesn ‘converse, chat’.