\ 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 What and when: For those suburban Palm Beachers unwilling to schlep east to the Intracoastal, this Holiday Boat Parade will float along Lake Wellington beginning 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Phillip Valys,, "Boats and ho ho hos: Holiday boat parades light up South Florida Intracoastal," 4 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, the Arkansas States and Georgia States of the Sun Belt Conference have myriad opportunities to play in nearby Power Five stadiums and little incentive to schlep to the west coast — unless the price is absolutely right. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Washington is paying how much to feast on Arkansas State? Inside the soaring price tag for buy games," 18 Sep. 2019 Sherpas are physiologically adapted to breathing, working, and living in the thin air of the Himalayas, enabling them to repeatedly schlep stuff up and down Mount Everest. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "The genetic basis of Peruvians’ ability to live at high altitude," 15 Nov. 2019 People in Palm Beach County aren’t necessarily going to schlep to Miami to see a game. Susannah Bryan,, "Inter Miami soccer team could remain in Fort Lauderdale longer than expected," 12 Nov. 2019 During an ascent, climbers typically schlep along dozens of pounds of gear. Gregory Thomas,, "Yosemite rangers battle trash buildup from rock climbers," 25 Sep. 2019 Don’t want to organize and schlep all that gear, or hate sleeping on the ground? Pamela Wright,, "5 easy New England getaways before summer ends," 6 Aug. 2019 Having everyone schlep to Austria anyway does help with oil demand, one supposes. Washington Post, "The Big Minus at the Heart of OPEC-Plus," 2 July 2019 Barbara Ivanov, the lab’s director, said researchers are installing package lockers in public spaces and buildings in Seattle and nearby Bellevue to prevent delivery drivers from having to schlep packages up elevators. Washington Post, "D.C. tests system that allows delivery drivers to reserve space at the curb," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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“Schlep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of schlep

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

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