from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To carry clumsily or with difficulty; lug.
  • intransitive verb To move slowly or laboriously.
  • noun An arduous journey.
  • noun A clumsy or stupid person.

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  • verb transitive, informal To carry, drag, or lug.
  • verb intransitive, informal To go, as on an errand or task.
  • verb intransitive, informal To act in a slovenly, lazy, or sloppy manner.
  • noun informal A long or burdensome journey.
  • noun informal A boring person, a drag.
  • noun informal A sloppy or slovenly person.
  • noun informal A "pull" or influence.

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  • noun (Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person
  • verb pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance
  • noun a tedious or difficult journey


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Yiddish shlepn, to drag, pull, from Middle Low German slēpen; see lei- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Yiddish שלעפּן (shlepn, "to drag"); compare German schleppen ("to drag").


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