verb (used with object), schlepped, schlep·ping.

  1. to carry; lug: to schlep an umbrella on a sunny day.

verb (used without object), schlepped, schlep·ping.

  1. to move slowly, awkwardly, or tediously: We schlepped from store to store all day.


  1. Also schlep·per. someone or something that is tedious, slow, or awkward; drag.

verb schleps, schlepping or schlepped

  1. to drag or lug (oneself or an object) with difficulty


  1. a stupid or clumsy person
  2. an arduous journey or procedure

v.“to carry or drag,” 1922 (in Joyce’s “Ulysses”), from Yiddish shlepen “to drag,” from Middle High German sleppen, related to Old High German sleifen “to drag,” and slifan “to slide, slip” (cf. Middle English slippen; see slip (v.)). Related: Schlepped; schlepping. n.“stupid person, loser,” 1939, short for schlepper “person of little worth” (1934), in Yiddish, “fool, beggar, scrounger,” from schlep (v.) “to carry or drag” (for sense evolution, cf. drag (n.) “annoying dull person”).

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