• n. An unkempt person, a loser.

Example Sentences

  • "“I was a young kid, and I dress like a schlump, and I didn’t have, like, a fancy office or I didn’t look the part or whatever,” Kirschenbaum says." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Who Uses This

  • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
  • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


  • North America
  • Great Britain
  • South Africa
  • Australia / New Zealand


  • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
  • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
  • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Alternative Spellings

schlump, shloomp, shlomp


  • May come from שלומפּערדיק shlumperdik 'dowdy' and the noun שלומפּער shlumper

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