schlep

Alternative Spellings

shlepp, shlep

Definitions

  • To travel from one place to another when one would prefer not to
  • An annoyingly long journey
  • "To carry, lug" (JPS)

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

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).

Notes

In Yiddish, shlepn can be transitive (with an object) or intransitive (with a reflexive pronoun zikh). In English, the bare form schlep can be both transitive and intransitive.

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