- To travel from one place to another when one would prefer not to
- An annoyingly long journey
- "To carry, lug" (JPS)
- "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)
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
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).
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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