Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a tedious or difficult journey
  2. (noun, person) (Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person
  3. (verb, contact) pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance
    She pulled along a large trunk

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Synonyms of Schlep

pull along, schlepper, shlep, shlepper

Alternate forms of Schlep

Hyponyms: tow

Hypernyms: drag, journey, journeying, simple, simpleton

Origin of the word Schlep

  1. "to carry or drag," 1922 (in Joyce's "Ulysses"), from Yiddish shlepen "to drag," from M.H.G. sleppen, related to O.H.G. sleifen "to drag," and slifan "to slide, slip" (cf. M.E. slippen; see slip (v.)). The noun meaning "stupid person, loser" is from 1939, short for schlepper "person of little worth" (1934), from schlep (v.). more

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