February 21st, 2009

A schmear is a word of Yiddish origin, which is the historic name of cream cheese spread upon a bagel.

Originally, the usage of the word schmear, or shmear, referred to a spread of cream cheese on a bagel. In modern usage has extended to anything that can be spread, and in some cases refers to “an entire set or group of related things”, or the expression “the whole schmear”.

What does schmear mean to you? Leave a comment!

Don’t drink and schmear!

  1. Mecika
    March 8th, 2009 at 21:39 | #1

    Don´t think of schmear as just some cream cheese spread upon a bagel, think of it as a lot of bagels spread over the surface of a small planet.

  2. Holmur
    March 8th, 2009 at 22:17 | #2

    I like the way you think Mecika =)

  3. that german guy
    December 10th, 2009 at 00:39 | #3

    btw. shmear has a verb in german as well: “schmieren” And yes, it means exactly the same: spread something on a surface.

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