or schlepp, shlep, shlepp

[ shlep ]
/ ʃlɛp /

verb (used with object), schlepped, schlep·ping.

to carry; lug: to schlep an umbrella on a sunny day.

verb (used without object), schlepped, schlep·ping.

to move slowly, awkwardly, or tediously: We schlepped from store to store all day.


Also schlep·per. someone or something that is tedious, slow, or awkward; drag.

Origin of schlep

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for schlep

British Dictionary definitions for schlep

/ (ʃlɛp) /

verb schleps, schlepping or schlepped

to drag or lug (oneself or an object) with difficulty


a stupid or clumsy person
an arduous journey or procedure

Word Origin for schlep

Yiddish, from German schleppen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012