Definitions

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

  • n. Slang A clumsy or stupid person; an oaf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The penis.
  • n. An item or person that is considered useless.
  • n. A jerk; an unpleasant or detestable person.

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

  • n. (Yiddish) a jerk

Etymologies

Yiddish shmok, penis, fool, probably from Polish smok, serpent, tail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish שמאָק (shmok, "penis"), from Old Polish smok ("dragon") or from German Schmuck ("jewellery") . (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I understood that schmuck was the Yiddish word for the foreskin. See the Wikitionary entry on schmuck and eg Mel Brooks Starts Nonprofit Foundation To Save Word 'Schmuck'.

    In the UK helmet is used in a similar sense.

    April 12, 2009

  • I wasn't really sure when I made that joke, I've only ever had one reference point. And now we've taken this page to a discussion that will make people uncomfortable.

    April 11, 2009

  • "More pleasure" for whom? That's a decidedly one-sided view.

    April 10, 2009

  • While it's true that they are used in the same way, it is worth noting that more pleasure can be derived from one than the other.

    April 10, 2009

  • That's hilarious, Sionnach!

    April 9, 2009


  • Rolig's comment reminds me of an ad I once saw in some gay German magazine for, let's say, intimate male body piercings (think PrinceAlbertinacanistan):

    "Ein Schmuckstück für Dein Schmuckstück".

    Somehow it sounds even worse when you read it out loud.

    April 9, 2009

  • What I find curious about this word is that in German it means "ornament, jewelry/jewellery" – a very different connotation indeed from its use in modern American English. I wonder if its establishment in Yiddish as "penis" was the result of a euphemism, like we say "the family jewels".

    April 9, 2009

  • Which doesn't mean they are not used in exactly the same way.

    April 9, 2009

  • Except that one of them is ceremonially circumcised.

    April 9, 2009

  • Indeed, schmuck and dick are used in the exact same way.

    April 9, 2009

  • Perhaps it's used the same way dick is, as in "That guy's a dick".

    April 7, 2009

  • Um, not to be rude, but schmuck is the Yiddish word for penis.

    April 7, 2009

  • I believe this word comes from Yiddish and means penis.

    April 3, 2009