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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Definitions for schlemiel

  1. Slang. an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.

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Citations for schlemiel
All he could say was "I can't figure it out How could I be such a schlemiel?" Patrick Dennis, Little Me, 1961
Only a schlemiel shows remorse when it's no longer asked for. Peter Schneider, Couplings, translated by Philip Boehm, 1996
Origin of schlemiel
1890-1895
Schlemiel entered English in the late 1800s from the Yiddish word shlemil. It originates from a Biblical and Talmudic figure named Shelumiel.
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