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Definition of "schmooze" [schmooze]

  • To converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection. (verb-intransitive)
  • To engage in schmoozing with: "how to be a professional artist—how to be a businessperson, how to schmooze the collectors” ( Paige Powell). (verb-transitive)
  • The act or an instance of schmoozing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "schmooze" in a sentence
  • "He had no business spending time with a woman who could say the word schmooze and make him forget his own name."
  • "Also, von Braun's ability to popularize space travel/"schmooze" his way through Army/NASA/DC bureaucracy was in another class."
  • "So let me guess – this is a "schmooze" get together to try to get the cops on their side."