shlemiel


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Related to shlemiel: schlep

shle·miel

 (shlə-mēl′)
n. Slang
Variant of schlemiel.

schle•miel

or shle•miel

(ʃləˈmil)

n. Slang.
an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.
[1890–95; < Yiddish shlemil < Hebrew shəlumī'ēl Shelumiel, a Biblical figure]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shlemiel - (Yiddish) a dolt who is a habitual bungler
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
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
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