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[shlep] /ʃlɛp/ Slang.
verb (used with object), schlepped, schlepping.
to carry; lug:
to schlep an umbrella on a sunny day.
verb (used without object), schlepped, schlepping.
to move slowly, awkwardly, or tediously:
We schlepped from store to store all day.
Also, schlepper. someone or something that is tedious, slow, or awkward; drag.
Also, schlepp, shlep, shlepp.
Origin of schlep
Middle High German dialect
1920-25; < Yiddish shlepn to pull, drag, (intransitive) trudge < Middle High German dialect sleppen < Middle Low German, Middle Dutch slēpen; cognate with Middle High German, Old High German sleifen (German schleifen); akin to slip1, slippery Unabridged
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Examples from the web for schlep
  • She never complained as she helped me schlep ten cases of heavy equipment during a hot summer.
  • The iPod lets you schlep boatloads of songs from your own collection.
  • Business travelers may not have to schlep off to the hotel fitness center to work off excess holiday pounds.
  • Then she worried that she would have to schlep around all of her books and research materials.
  • Your average grill is a pain to lug up to the rooftop, schlep to a park, or perch on a fire escape.
  • If you're going to schlep a couple of steel hoops around, you may as well carry a second lock and do the job properly.
  • The restaurant also has to be the best place in town to end up after a long day's schlep.
British Dictionary definitions for schlep


verb schleps, schlepping, schlepped
to drag or lug (oneself or an object) with difficulty
a stupid or clumsy person
an arduous journey or procedure
Word Origin
Yiddish, from German schleppen
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Word Origin and History for schlep

"to carry or drag," 1922 (in Joyce's "Ulysses"), from Yiddish shlepen "to drag," from Middle High German sleppen, related to Old High German sleifen "to drag," and slifan "to slide, slip" (cf. Middle English slippen; see slip (v.)). Related: Schlepped; schlepping.


"stupid person, loser," 1939, short for schlepper "person of little worth" (1934), in Yiddish, "fool, beggar, scrounger," from schlep (v.) "to carry or drag" (for sense evolution, cf. drag (n.) "annoying dull person").

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Slang definitions & phrases for schlep



An awkward, unfortunate, maladjusted person; sad sack

[1940s+, but probably earlier; fr Yiddish shlimazel fr shlim mazel, ''rotten luck''; British slang shemozzle, shlemozzle, ''a muddle, an unhappy plight,'' is found by 1889 and is probably related]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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