schlepper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish שלעפּן (shlepn, to drag); from High German schleppen (to drag)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

schlepper (plural schleppers)

  1. a servant who carries things
    • Tell the schlepper to take it up to your hotel room.
  2. a porter
  3. a pejorative insult for an individual who wanders aimlessly
    • as in schlepping his donkey behind him.
    • I can't interest the little schlepper in doing his homework.

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Quotations[edit]

  • 1999: Woody Allen adored the scene, and sent up the figure in both film (“Love and Death”) and fiction: in a piece called “Death Knocks,” the Grim Reaper reappears for a game of gin rummy with a schlepperThe New Yorker, 13 May 1999