v. "To carry, lug." (JPS)
n. An annoyingly long journey
v. To travel from one place to another when one would prefer not to.
"Why would you schlep all of that stuff?"
"I shlepped all the way to the Valley for this?!?"
"I thought about going to the exhibit, but it was just too long a shlep."
Languages of Origin
שלעפּן shlepn 'pull, carry, lug' (verbal stem is שלעפּ shlep)
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Who Uses This
In Yiddish, shlepn can be transitive (with an object) or intransitive (with a reflexive pronoun zikh), but it can't be intransitive without the reflexive pronoun. In English, the bare form schlep can be both transitive and intransitive.
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