Definition of schlimazel in English:

schlimazel

(also schlemazel)

noun

US
informal
  • A consistently unlucky or accident-prone person.

    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Because of its poor reception, it became his own favorite - like parents who among their children favor the schlimazel.’
    • ‘Schlemiel and schlimazel that we are, the power went out, but it fortuitously came back on in just enough time to warm the warm and chill the cold.’
    • ‘‘You must give me money,’ insisted the schlimazel.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

schlimazel

/ʃlɪˈmɒz(ə)l/