- highly sentimental and banal music, literature, etc.
- banal or excessive sentimentalism
Origin of schmaltzuncertain or unknown; perhaps via Yiddish from German schmaltz, literally , rendered fat, akin to schmelzen, to melt: see smelt
Also sp. schmalz
- Informal a. Excessively sentimental art or music.b. Maudlin sentimentality.
- Liquid fat, especially chicken fat.
Origin of schmaltzYiddish shmalts animal fat, sentimentality from Middle High German smalz animal fat from Old High German; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.