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also shle·miel  (shlə-mēl′)
n. Slang
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 Semitic roots + , my) + 'ēl, God; see ʔl in Semitic roots.]
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(ʃləˈmiːl) ,




slang US an awkward or unlucky person whose endeavours usually fail
[Yiddish, from German, after the hero of a novel by Chamisso (1781–1838)]
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or shle•miel


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]
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A Yiddish word used to mean an unlucky, clumsy, or long-suffering person.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.schlemiel - (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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schlemihl [ʃləˈmiːl] N (US) (= clumsy person) → persona f desmañada; (= unlucky person) → persona f desgraciada
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, schlemihl
n (US inf) → Schlemihl m, → Pechvogel m; (= awkward person)Tollpatsch m (pej)
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Shouldn't these poor schlemiels be accorded special status?
"Boy-Man Schlemiels and Super-Nebishes: Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller." In Hollywood's Chosen People: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema, ed.
But from time to time, I've endured real schlemiels (insert your favorite expletive here), whose character flaws grew with every increase in position and money.
Looking back on those years and her former comrades, she admits "the majority of us were just well-meaning half-educated schlemiels, and none a bigger schlemiel than I" (79-80).
This performance tradition features an array of amusing characters, from regular circus clowns to endearing, silly, existentially confused and melancholy personages in the style of commedia dell' arte, or touching schlemiels reminiscent of Chaplin or early Woody Allen.
Bukoski writes about outsiders, schlemiels, marginal people whose histories do not appear in newspapers unless one of them dies a spectacularly grim death.
Schmucks or schlemiels maybe but that's for you to decide.