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Mar 26, 2008
This week's theme
Words from Yiddish

This week's words
schnorrer
megillah
schnook
meshuga
schlump

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schnook

(shnook) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun: A stupid, easily deceived person.

From Yiddish shnuk (snout) or from German schnucke (a small sheep).

"A gun-toting schnook became an embarrassing crook when he robbed a Spokane dollar store Sunday. Seriously, if you're going to commit a Class A felony, you might as well rob a Class A joint."
Frank Sennett; Dollar-Store Thief Bucks Common Sense; Spokesman Review (Washington); Mar 9, 2007.

See more usage examples of schnook in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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I come from a people who gave the Ten Commandments to the world. Time has come to strengthen them by three additional ones, which we ought to adopt and commit ourselves to: thou shall not be a perpetrator; thou shall not be a victim; and thou shall never, but never, be a bystander. -Yehuda Bauer, professor (b. 1926)

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