One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slow, slovenly, or inept person.
layabout, good-for-nothing, sluggard, slug, laggardView synonyms
- ‘No matter what you do you still look like a schlump.’
- ‘Not long ago he was just another loveless schlump on Broadway earning bad reviews.’
- ‘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.’
1940s: apparently related to Yiddish shlumperdik ‘dowdy’ and German Schlumpe ‘slattern’.
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