Yiddish 101: Schmear

On April 14, 2015 by Brent's Deli

Brent's Deli restaurant delicatessen Northridge Westlake Village Los Angeles Yiddish Jewish

Both a noun and a verb, a schmear is anything that can be spread. To schmear something is to spread it, like cream cheese on a bagel.

You can also use schmear to refer to a group of foods, as in: “the whole schmear.”

Examples of schmears include:

  • Cheeses (e.g. cream cheese, cottage cheese)
  • Dips (e.g. hummus)
  • Salads (e.g. coleslaw)
  • Sauces & Toppings (e.g. ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise)

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