• n. An unkempt person, a loser.

  • v. To move slowly.

  • v. To perform in an unenthusiastic way.

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)

  • “That shlump can depress anyone.” (NJY)

  • “She shlumps through a role.” (NJY)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • clipping of שלומפּער shlumper

    • 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


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