Definition of schlep in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHlep/
(also schlepp or shlep) informal, chiefly North American

verb (schleps, schlepping, schlepped)

[with object]
1Haul or carry (something heavy or awkward): she schlepped her groceries home
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  • We've been busting our humps schlepping our out-of-town visitors to tattoo parlours and stockyards.
  • Should you happen to be schlepping your own canoe or kayak, take it to Riverside Park, where you can put in and take out with no need for a shuttle.
  • He schleps your bags upstairs and helps to keep values in proportion along the Italian Riviera.
1.1 [no object] (Of a person) go or move reluctantly or with effort: I would have preferred not to schlep all the way over there to run an errand
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  • But no, the lure of Mammon is so great that they've schlepped into town and braved the crowds for the dubious delights of risking death-by-stampede in the lighting department.
  • Listen, I know the guy schlepped to Antarctica for a month searching for some damn albino penguin; thanks.
  • As she zips it up and starts modeling, she says, ‘I kept thinking about women schlepping around a city like New York.’


1A tedious or difficult journey.
Example sentences
  • And the Hamptons are fun to visit, but it's a schlepp to get out there and it's more than we want to spend.
  • You'll find a half-dozen of the best dive sites a short boat ride away, which lets you avoid the tiresome schleps to and from the city.
  • And we said well yes, but it's such a long schlepp.
2 another term for schlepper.
Example sentences
  • And because I am in a good mood, I decided to help out all you poor schleps here who don't know how to properly search for Chelsea pics.
  • I admit that it would behoove him to learn something about pleasing his girlfriend sexually, but I don't think the poor schlep should have to be getting advice from the sexy ex.
  • Even though his character's a schlep, at least he's got a bit of personality.


Early 20th century (as a verb): from Yiddish shlepn 'drag', from Middle High German sleppen.

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Syllabification: schlep

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