Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To carry clumsily or with difficulty; lug: schlepped a shopping bag around town.
  • intransitive v. To move slowly or laboriously: schlepped around with the twins in a stroller.
  • n. An arduous journey.
  • n. A clumsy or stupid person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Yiddish shlepn, to drag, pull, from Middle Low German slēpen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish שלעפּן (shlepn, "to drag"); compare German schleppen ("to drag"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Our Ernest was eager but inept
    His bride in despair nearly wept.
    That nuptial waltz
    Was inelegant schmaltz;
    He could not dance but he schlepped.

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    August 18, 2014

  • Ha, c_b.

    February 12, 2009

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    September 26, 2008

  • "At dawn we schlepped."

    February 14, 2007