Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Of, relating to, or marked by excessive or maudlin sentimentality. See Synonyms at sentimental.

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  • adj. Overly sentimental, emotional, maudlin or bathetic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. effusively or insincerely emotional

Etymologies

schmaltz +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Franzen got further publicity when Oprah Winfrey selected the novel for her book club, despite his criticism of her selections as "schmaltzy".

    Jonathan Franzen's 'book of the century' pulped over error

  • After the author made ambiguous comments about the club and said some of its picks were "schmaltzy," she canceled his scheduled appearance on her show.

    Oprah Picks Jonathan Franzen's Freedom for Book Club

  • After Franzen made some ungracious remarks about being in the company of her past "schmaltzy" selections, he was labeled elitist, and she withdrew the invitation.

    ‘The Corrections’

  • Â It was kind of schmaltzy, and felt out of sorts with the tone of the rest of the book.

    What I bought – 20 February 2008 | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

  • Here's how Franzen - strolling onstage after a long segment about a New Jersey family's secret 25-year friendship with Michael Jackson - summed up the media firestorm that ignited after he called some of Winfrey's book club choices "schmaltzy" and

    NYT > Home Page

  • The appearance came nine years after Franzen called some of Winfrey's book club picks "schmaltzy"

    The Seattle Times

  • "But in the end, it gets bogged down: trapped in the kind of schmaltzy, preachy, predictable climax we don't expect from scriptwriter William Monahan."

    GreenCine Daily

  • It's schmaltzy, sure, but the song is kind of schmaltzy so I can excuse it.

    TV Squad

  • These guys know funny, whereas this article only manages "schmaltzy".

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • And the best thing about it is - this is exactly the kind of schmaltzy act you'd expect to see at places like Crown in Melbourne - but Tex is taking the piss out of them … and making money from doing it at the same time.

    TPN :: GDay World

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