slang Primarily heard in US.
1. An abbreviation of the word "freshmen," especially in reference to a first-year college or university student (used in both singular and plural constructions.) Sometimes spelled without an apostrophe. She could have any guy she wants, but she's going out with some nerdy ’shmen from the school of engineering. The dude isn't even old enough to drink! I hate this part of the campus. It's always overrun with shmen! Beat it, ’shmen, this is the Senior Lounge—no underclassmen allowed!
2. A student who is accepted into the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), a three-year high school that begins at grade 10, as an eighth-grader. Also an abbreviation of the word "freshmen," although unlike the first definition, the nickname is applied to such students throughout their time at IMSA. After having a particularly rough time adapting to life at IMSA fresh out of eighth grade, I decided to set up a support group for incoming ’shmen who might be feeling overwhelmed. Would you say that most alums look back fondly on their time as ’shmen? You got into IMSA? Wow, congrats to the newest ’shmen!
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n. freshmen. A couple of shmen wandered by—looking sort of lost. The shmen are having a party all to themselves this Friday.
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