Definition of schlimazel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃlɪˈmɒz(ə)l/
(also schlemazel)


US informal
A consistently unlucky or accident-prone person.
Example sentences
  • And a schlemazel (biggest idiot) would do the first two things and end up cutting off his hands in the process.
  • ‘If you don't, ‘said the schlimazel, ‘I'll go into the hat business.’
  • ‘You must give me money,’ insisted the schlimazel.


Yiddish, from Middle High German slim 'crooked' + Hebrew mazzāl 'luck'.

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Line breaks: schli|mazel

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