[ shli-mah-zuhl ]
/ ʃlɪˈmɑ zəl /
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an inept, bungling person who suffers from unremitting bad luck: That poor schlimazel failed the driver's test for the fourth time—if he's lucky enough to ever get his license, his car will probably die.
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Sometimes schli·mazl, shli·mazl .
Origin of schlimazel
First recorded in 1945–50; from Yiddish, equivalent to shlim “bad, evil” (compare German schlimm “bad, evil, wrong”) + mazl “luck,” from Hebrew mazzāl “(celestial) constellation, destiny”
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