Slang an ineffectual, bungling person who habitually fails or is easily victimized
also sp. schle·mihl′
Origin of schlemielwestern Yiddish shlemil from Classical Hebrew (language) shelumiel, name of a tribal chief (see Numbers 1:6), identified in the Talmud with a prince who met an unfortunate end
A habitual bungler; a dolt.
Origin of schlemielYiddish 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 šlm) ( -î my ) 'ēl God ℵl
From Yiddish ×©×œ×™×ž×™×œ (shlimil).