or schle·mihl, shle·miel
Origin of schlemiel
Examples from the Web for schlemihl
Ten years after its publication a new kind of lamp, which cast no shadow, was named the Schlemihl lamp.
Chamisso was often pestered with questions respecting what he really meant by the story of Schlemihl.
To his friends—if the few who were aware of his existence could be called friends—he was a Schlemihl (a luckless fool).Dreamers of the Ghetto|I. Zangwill
There is a haunting cold brightness about the Schlemihl etchings.George Cruikshank|W. H. Chesson
Among the characters were the grey man, and a certain Albert, probably intended for Schlemihl.
British Dictionary definitions for schlemihl
schlemihl or shlemiel
Word Origin for schlemiel
Word Origin and History for schlemihl
"awkward, clumsy person," 1868, from Yiddish shlemiel "bungler," from main character in A. von Chamisso's German fable "The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl" (1813), probably from Biblical name Shelumiel (Num. i:6), chief of the tribe of Simeon, identified with the Simeonite prince Zimri ben Salu, who was killed while committing adultery. (cf. schlemazel).