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 š&schwa;l&umacron;mî’&emacron;l, my well-being is God, Shelumiel (a character in the Bible, Numbers 7:36) : š&schwa;l&umacron;mî, my well-being (šalôm, well-being; see šlm in Semitic roots + -î, my) + ’&emacron;l, God; see ℵl in Semitic roots.
From Yiddish ×©×œ×™×ž×™×œ (shlimil).