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schle·mielalso shle·miel (shlə-mēl′)
A habitual bungler; a dolt.
[Yiddish shlemíl, perhaps from Hebrew šəlūmî'ēl, my well-being is God, Shelumiel (a character in the Bible, Numbers 7:36) : šəlūmî, my well-being (šālôm, well-being; see šlm in the Appendix of Semitic roots + -î, my) + 'ēl, God; see ʔl in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
slang US an awkward or unlucky person whose endeavours usually fail
[Yiddish, from German, after the hero of a novel by Chamisso (1781–1838)]
an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.
[1890–95; < Yiddish shlemil < Hebrew shəlumī'ēl Shelumiel, a Biblical figure]
A Yiddish word used to mean an unlucky, clumsy, or long-suffering person.
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Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script