Definitions

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  • n. Slang A person regarded as clumsy, stupid, or unattractive.

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  • n. A person who is socially awkward, unattractive, clumsy, or oafish.

Etymologies

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Yiddish, from Polish żłób, trough, blockhead.

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From Yiddish ‬זשלאָב (zhlob). Compare Russian жлоб.

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  • (Yiddish) A worthless person, a jerk, an oaf. Also shlub.

    May 13, 2008