from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang An extremely unlucky or inept person; a habitual failure.
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- n. A chronically unlucky person.
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- n. (Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything
Yiddish shlimazl, bad luck, unlucky person : Middle High German slimp, wrong + Yiddish mazl, luck (from Late Hebrew mazzāl; see mazel tov).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Yiddish שלימזל (shlimazl), from Middle High German slim ("crooked") and Hebrew מזל (mazzāl, "luck") (Wiktionary)