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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: schmaltz 'schmaltzy quality' (20-21 centuries), from Yiddish shmalts 'melted fat', from Middle High German smalz

schmaltzy

adjective
     
schmaltz‧y informal
a schmaltzy piece of music, book etc deals with emotions such as love and sadness in a way that seems silly and not serious enough:
a schmaltzy love song
schmaltz noun [uncountable]

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