Definition of schlub in English:

schlub

(also shlub)

noun

North American
informal
  • A talentless, unattractive, or boorish person.

    • ‘‘They never really knew what to do with my character, who was just such a shlub,’ he remembers.’
    • ‘Also, this season they aren't just helping shlubs clean up their act to impress their wives and girlfriends.’
    • ‘He gives all the other schlubs in the world a bad name.’
    • ‘Despite their noticeable lack of skill, fans love the weak-hitting, glass-armed shlubs.’
    • ‘He was quite good, as he always is, although I've never seen him as quite the schlub he was in this film.’
    • ‘You will sometimes feel like a hapless schlub next to her.’
    • ‘But: good execution is more important than good ideas, and while your company's geniuses might come up with the lion's share of the ideas, it's the other poor shlubs that have to make it work.’
    • ‘Not too shabby for a dame who roared into town at three in the morning and complained about the other schlubs in the nursery who made too much noise.’
    • ‘‘My friend and I couldn't get over how every great woman we know from college - great, smart, accomplished women - date these total schlubs: guys with no money, no ambition, no redeeming qualities and no clue,’ she said.’
    • ‘We're just more schlubs stuck in holiday traffic.’
    • ‘It just confirms all my contempt for the modern music industry and the dumb tasteless shlubs in the listening world who lap up the industry's noxious and offensive outpourings.’
    • ‘Besides copious amounts of available cash, celebrity politicians have the name recognition that the regular shlubs are hustling for.’
    • ‘He's just a regular shlub bobbing along on the surface of life.’
    • ‘Lots of people make more than $200,000 and dress like schlubs.’
    • ‘The irony for me is that it really isn't conservative industrialists who employ violence and intimidation, it's poor schlubs doing it to other poor schlubs.’
    • ‘But in this case, these guys were shlubs who didn't even enjoy themselves.’
    • ‘I love throwaway humor, the weird little asides that maybe weren't what the marketing schlubs thought would people would laugh at when they did test screenings, but that crack me up.’
    • ‘Seems like Lady Luck is finally smiling on the unattractive shlub.’
    • ‘I feel sorry for those schlubs who got all that deli stuff.’
    • ‘You get through security faster, because a security guard recognizes you, and you're not just an average schlub.’
    bumpkin, country bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, countryman, countrywoman, country dweller, daughter of the soil, son of the soil, peasant, provincial, oaf, lout, boor, barbarian
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Origin

1960s: Yiddish shlub, perhaps from Polish żłób.

Pronunciation:

schlub

/SHləb/