Jessie was sucker for funny guys that could make her laugh without resorting to excessive schmaltz. She was also extremely lonely. And so most nights, as last call grew near, she found herself going home with whoever was willing to close her bar tab.


  1. Excessively sentimental, especially with art and music.
  2. Liquid chicken fat.


  • /ʃmɑlts/
  • /ʃmɔlts/


Borrowed from Yiddish shmalts or German Schmalz.

Cite this Entry

Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Schmaltz.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, Accessed 6 Aug. 2021.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “schmaltz”, accessed August 6, 2021,

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Schmaltz. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved August 6, 2021, from

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