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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.
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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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



  1. : even with the four-flight schlep to the editorial office (1964+)
  2. (also schlepper or shlepper) A stupid person; oaf; loser, klutz, slob: dead schleps playing behind him/ Poor John was a schlepper of the first order (1939+)


  1. To carry; drag along: schlepping the male's genetic material so his baby inherits half its genes from each parent (1922+)
  2. To move or advance with difficulty; drag: Then I'd have to schlep around to the Quarter Note (1922+)

[fr Yiddish shleppen]

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