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A slow, slovenly, or inept person.‘when he wakes up, the poor schlump finds himself in a gleaming modern Shangri-La’
layabout, good-for-nothing, sluggard, slug, laggardView synonyms
- ‘No matter what you do you still look like a schlump.’
- ‘The cartoon shows some helicopters, tanks and paratroopers converging on a suburban house; a typical schlump who looks like the sort of New York exurbanite not quite witty or lustful enough to get into a Cheever tale stands in the door.’
- ‘Not long ago he was just another loveless schlump on Broadway earning bad reviews.’
1940s: apparently related to Yiddish shlumperdik dowdy and German Schlumpe slattern.
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