or schlepp, shlep, shlepp


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.


Nearby words

  1. schleiden, matthias jakob,
  2. schleiermacher,
  3. schlemazel,
  4. schlemiel,
  5. schlemm's canal,
  6. schleppy,
  7. schlesien,
  8. schlesinger,
  9. schlesinger, arthur meier,
  10. schleswig

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for schlepp

British Dictionary definitions for schlepp


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

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