From Yiddish שלעפּן ‎(shlepn, to drag); compare German schleppen ‎(to drag).

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schlep ‎(third-person singular simple present schleps, present participle schlepping, simple past and past participle schlepped)

  1. (transitive, informal) To carry, drag, or lug.
    I'm exhausted after schlepping those packages around all day.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To go, as on an errand or task.
    I schlepped down to the store for some milk.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To act in a slovenly, lazy, or sloppy manner.
    I just schlepped around the house on Sunday.



schlep ‎(plural schleps)

  1. (informal) A long or burdensome journey.
    Sure you can go across town to get that, but it'd be a schlep.
  2. (informal) A boring person, a drag.
  3. (informal) A sloppy or slovenly person.
  4. (informal) A "pull" or influence.
    He must have had a lot of schlep to get such good seats.

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