from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of schlub.
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- n. a crude person lacking in social skills along with insensitivity, clumsiness and a lack of manners
- n. an oaf, a bumpkin
- n. nebbish, a person of no color
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In his Yiddish dictionaries, Leo Rosten spelled it zhlub, from the Slavic zhlob, “coarse fellow.”
HALFTIME SHOW: Some lucky zhlub from Georgia has 60 seconds to kick a 40-yard field goal in five attempts.
These sorts of “underlying numbers” often lag party preference â one guy looks like the prime minister until you decide he won’t be prime minister, at which point the guy who looked like a zhlub suddenly starts to clean up nicely.
The senses today range from describing a person who is “ill-mannered” (“he acts like a zhlub, that zhlub”) to “clumsy” (“Vassar-Shmassar, the girl’s still a zhlub”) to “oafish” (“what can you expect from such a zhlub?”
Which spelling is correct—the magazine’s zhlub or the newspaper’s schlub?