from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Variant of schlimazel.
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- n. (Yiddish) a very unlucky or inept person who fails at everything
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I always think of a shlimazel as someone unlucky in life, unlucky in love.
You probably know more Yiddish than you think, thanks to "Seinfeld," Heeb magazine and Jewish screenwriters, who made words such as shlep, klutz, nosh, shlimazel (remember the "Laverne and Shirley" hopscotch theme song?) and shmooze household lingo.