\ ˈshlep How to pronounce schlep (audio) \
variants: or schlepp or less commonly or shlepp
schlepped also shlepped; schlepping also shlepping

Definition of schlep

intransitive verb

: to proceed or move especially slowly, tediously, awkwardly, or carelessly

Examples of schlep in a Sentence

We schlepped our luggage through the airport.
Recent Examples on the Web In the days before Amazon Prime, visiting relatives would schlep pineapple cakes, nougats, and bubble tea from overseas, while Chen made DIY versions in the stretches of bubble-tea drought in between. Darice Chang, Bon Appétit, 6 Jan. 2022 Or try to schlep home an eight-foot piece of lumber; the Trailblazer’s cabin can accommodate an 8-foot-long item. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 27 Nov. 2021 Who wants to schlep around with a massive swathe of thick lambskin on their arm all day, sans air conditioning? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 14 July 2021 What will happen when people schlep into the office for the two or three days a week and realize that there’s no one at the office who is relevant to their job requirements. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 24 June 2021 A dozen or so 10×4, 70-ton tipper vehicles with 10 hours of autonomy will schlep soil and target on-site transport. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 June 2021 Some simply refuse to schlep back and forth to an office, taking two-plus hours a day commuting into a crowded, dirty and crime-ridden city. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 14 June 2021 On the hoop side, 6-foot-11 center Qudus Wahab will need only half an hour to schlep his stuff from Georgetown to Maryland. Steve Chapman,, 2 June 2021 The long-term trend is for consumers to order online, rather than to schlep to the mall. John Dorfman, Forbes, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of schlep

1911, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for schlep

Yiddish shlepn, from Middle High German sleppen, from Middle Low German slēpen

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17 Jan 2022

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“Schlep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of schlep

: to carry or pull (something) with difficulty : to drag or haul (something)


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