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schlemiel Syllabification: schle·miel
Pronunciation: /SHləˈmēl/
(also shlemiel)

Definition of schlemiel in English:


North American informal
A stupid, awkward, or unlucky person.
Example sentences
  • When it comes to chopping veggies, a schlemiel would spend days building a massive contraption to do it for him.
  • An ethnically Jewish version of the fool, the schlemiel is caught up in situations that reflect the historical problems of the Jewish people.
  • But unlike Woody or Tommy - schlemiels with whom we can identify- Vladimir's ‘problems’ are too hysterical, too willfully and ridiculously constructed, for us to empathize.


Late 19th century: from Yiddish shlemiel.

Words that rhyme with schlemiel

allele, anele, anneal, appeal, Bastille, Beale, Castile, chenille, cochineal, cockatiel, conceal, congeal, creel, deal, eel, Emile, feel, freewheel, genteel, Guayaquil, heal, heel, he'll, keel, Kiel, kneel, leal, Lille, Lucille, manchineel, meal, misdeal, Neil, O'Neill, ordeal, peal, peel, reel, seal, seel, she'll, spiel, squeal, steal, steel, Steele, teal, underseal, veal, weal, we'll, wheel, zeal
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