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also shli·ma·zel  (shlĭ-mä′zəl)
n. Slang
An extremely unlucky or inept person; a habitual failure.

[Yiddish shlimazl, bad luck, unlucky person : Middle High German slimp, wrong + Yiddish mazl, luck (from Late Hebrew mazzāl; see mazel tov).]


slang a person with no luck, someone who tends to do everything wrong


or shli•ma•zel

(ʃlɪˈmɑ zəl)

n. Slang.
an inept person who suffers from unremitting bad luck.
[1945–50; < Yiddish, =shlim bad (compare Middle High German slimp wrong) + mazl luck]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.schlimazel - (Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything
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
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
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When a schlimazel sells an umbrella the sun comes out.
If it is true that a discovery, an "epiphany" in which the protagonist comes upon a certain truth about himself or about his world, is the constitutive mark of the short story as a genre, then Mendel's discovery is more than a little disheartening: he is a loser and a schlimazel.
Like other typical Schlimazel antiheroes, Tommy wavers in his decisions, and then seems magnetically drawn to the most self-defeating response.