Schlemiel Definition

shlə-mēl
noun
A habitual bungler; a dolt.
American Heritage
An ineffectual, bungling person who habitually fails or is easily victimized.
Webster's New World

A loser or a fool.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Schlemiel

Noun

Singular:
schlemiel
Plural:
schlemiels

Origin of Schlemiel

  • 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 šlm in Semitic roots) ( my) ’ēl God ℵl in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Yiddish שלימיל (shlimil).

    From Wiktionary

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