schlimazel

or schli·mazl, shli·ma·zel, shli·mazl

[ shli-mah-zuh l ]
/ ʃlɪˈmɑ zəl /

noun Slang.

an inept, bungling person who suffers from unremitting bad luck.

Nearby words

  1. schlieffen,
  2. schliemann,
  3. schliemann, heinrich,
  4. schlieren,
  5. schlieren method,
  6. schlock,
  7. schlockmeister,
  8. schlocky,
  9. schlong,
  10. schloss

Origin of schlimazel

1945–50; < Yiddish, equivalent to shlim bad (compare Middle High German slimp wrong) + mazl luck < Modern Hebrew mazzāl

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