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shlemiel

[shluh-meel] /ʃləˈmil/
noun
1.
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schlemiel

/ʃləˈmiːl/
noun
1.
(US, slang) an awkward or unlucky person whose endeavours usually fail
Word Origin
Yiddish, from German, after the hero of a novel by Chamisso (1781–1838)
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schlemiel

noun

A stupid person; fool; oaf; esp, a naive person often victimized: Don't talk like a schlemiel, you schlemiel/ playing the lovable schlemiel to Brooklyn Jews

[1892+; fr Yiddish shlemiel, probably fr the name of the main character in A von Chamisso's German fable The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl, 1813]


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