- a dab, as of cream cheese, spread on a roll, bagel, or the like.
- a number of related things, ideas, etc., resulting in a unified appearance, attitude, plan, or the like (usually used in the phrase the whole schmear).
- a bribe.
verb (used with object)
- to spread; smear: Schmear it on the bread.
- to bribe.
- US informal a situation, matter, or affair (esp in the phrase the whole schmear)
n.1961, “bribery,” from Yiddish shmir “spread,” from shmirn “to grease, smear,” from Middle High German smiren, from Old High German smirwen “to smear” (see smear (v.); cf. slang to grease (someone’s) palm “to bribe”). Phrase the whole schmear “the entire affair” is attested from 1969, originally show business jargon,