shlemiel

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schlemiel, schlemihl or shlemiel (ʃləˈmiːl)
 
n
slang (US) an awkward or unlucky person whose endeavours usually fail
 
[Yiddish, from German, after the hero of a novel by Chamisso (1781--1838)]
 
schlemihl, schlemihl or shlemiel
 
n
 
[Yiddish, from German, after the hero of a novel by Chamisso (1781--1838)]
 
shlemiel, schlemihl or shlemiel
 
n
 
[Yiddish, from German, after the hero of a novel by Chamisso (1781--1838)]

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schlemiel definition

[ʃləˈmil]
and schlemihl; shlemiel
  1. n.
    a gullible person; a loser. (From Hebrew Shelumiel via Yiddish.) : See if you can get that schlemiel to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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