Definitions

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.

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

  • n. (Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • - – Mitt & Michele, schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated!!

    Think Progress » Bachmann claims Romney doesn’t believe RomneyCare was ‘a good thing for’ Massachusetts.

  • Moe is the schlimazel, the guy who's always at the receiving end of bad luck.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • What's the difference between a schlemiel, a schlimazel, and a nebbish?

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • The schlemiel/schlimazel distinction is played out throughout the series, as Curly is chronically stupid but not necessarily unlucky, while Moe is chronically unlucky but not quite as stupid as Curly.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Whether it's the duo who inspired 'Guy Love' and the other guy pair who would be quick to point out that there's nothing wrong with that or the Milwaukee ladies who schlemiel-ed and schlimazel-ed their way to making their dreams come true and the Miami foursome who proved friendship (and feistiness) is even more important in your 'Golden' years, these are the 20 TV

    Inside TV Blog

  • Hence as v. trans., to make a schlimazel of a person

    NYT > Home Page

  • Schlemiel means dolt, and schlimazel means an unlucky person in what language?

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • ” Schlemiel means dolt, and schlimazel means an unlucky person in what language?

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • But in truth, let’s be honest, it was Marvin who shuffled, Marvin who was the true schlimazel, bad-lucked in his own mind, Marvin the Dodger fan, doomed in ways he did not wish to name.

    Underworld

  • The city was singly focused on manufacturing for so long, that they didn’t prepare for the technological revolution that sustained other cities when the blue collar jobs “Schlemiel, schlimazel”ed themselves out of Milwaukee.

    Archive 2005-08-01

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