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.’’
    • ‘‘You must give me money,’ insisted the schlimazel.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

schlimazel

/ʃlɪˈmɒz(ə)l/