schlep (SHLEP)


  • v. "To carry, lug." (JPS)

  • n. An annoyingly long journey

  • v. To travel from one place to another when one would prefer not to.

Example Sentences

  • "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

  • Yiddish


  • שלעפּן shlepn 'pull, carry, lug' (verbal stem is שלעפּ shlep)

    • Who Uses This

      • 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[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).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      shlep, shlepp


  • 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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