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From Yiddish זשלאָב(zhlob), perhaps from Polish żłób (manger, trough; furrow, large groove in the soil).[1] Compare Russian жлоб (žlob). While the word is superficially similar in both meaning and sound to the common English term slob, the two words are not believed to be etymologically related.[2]


  • IPA(key): /ʃlʌb/
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schlub (plural schlubs)

  1. (chiefly US, informal) A person who is clumsy, oafish, or socially awkward, or unattractive or unkempt.
    • 2022, W. David Marx, chapter 4, in Status and Culture, Viking, →ISBN:
      After the success of the film Jaws in 1975, two schlubs went around the United States pretending to be director Steven Spielberg and lead actor Richard Dreyfuss.

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  1. ^ schlub”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
  2. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989