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schlemiel

or schle·mihl, shle·miel

[ shluh-meel ]
/ ʃləˈmil /
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noun Slang.
an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.
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Origin of schlemiel

1890–95; <Yiddish shlemil<Hebrew shəlumīʾēl Shelumiel, a Biblical and Talmudic figure
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British Dictionary definitions for schlemiel

schlemiel

schlemihl or shlemiel

/ (ʃləˈmiːl) /

noun
US slang an awkward or unlucky person whose endeavours usually fail

Word Origin for schlemiel

Yiddish, from German, after the hero of a novel by Chamisso (1781–1838)
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