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Schmendrick (שמענדריק) is Yiddish for an ineffectual, foolish, or contemptible person (OED).

In addition, according to Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten, another definition is "an apprentice schlemiel."[1]

It may also refer to:

  • Shmendrik oder Die komishe Chaseneh (Schmendrik or The Comical Wedding), a play
  • Schmendrick the Magician, wizard from the fantasy novel The Last Unicorn


  1. ^ Roberts, Sam (October 16, 2014). ""The Brother" Who Sent the Rosenbergs to Their Death". The Huffington Post.

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