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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
Schlemiel entered English in the late 1800s from the Yiddish word shlemil. It originates from a Biblical and Talmudic figure named Shelumiel.