\ 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.

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Peloton, the company whose top-dollar bikes saved hard-core spinning fans from having to schlep all the way to Flywheel, now films yoga and meditation classes live in a West Village studio for subscribers to follow, in real time, on the brand’s app. Maggie Bullock, Vogue, "Is Telefitness the Wave of the Future? Or Another Way Tech Is Keeping Us Apart?," 15 May 2019 There was just one catch: Riders would first have to schlep past the airport, east to Citi Field — the home of the Mets — to catch the AirTrain and then backtrack. New York Times, "Plans for AirTrain to La Guardia Airport Move Ahead Amid Criticism," 25 June 2018 So Sheldon schleps down to Texas in hopes of burying the hatchet. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Salome’," 3 May 2018 Don’t get in your car and schlep north to 1920 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan just yet. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Billy Joel holds open house for his Manalapan mansion | Miami Herald," 4 Apr. 2018 New buoys could add to the data Argo provides in particular places of interest without the need for a research ship to schlep out and deliver them. The Economist, "Ocean internetSailing the wired seas," 10 Mar. 2018 And because the games fall during the winter, when kids are off school and a bunch of people travel for the holidays, fans are far more likely to schlep to a bowl game than a regular road game. Daniel Rapaport,, "Bowl Pick 'Em Guide: Tips to Help You Win Your Pool," 15 Dec. 2017 Ralph Lauren, for instance, had attendees schlep up to his upstate garage to see his Spring/Summer 2018 collection modeled among his collection of classic sports cars. Adam Wray, Billboard, "NYFW 2017 Saw More Musicians Front Row Than Ever Before: Was That a Success or Failure?," 10 Oct. 2017 Through Gatwick Direct, a service run by DHL, shops now have their wares delivered to a depot outside the airport, reducing the number of vans needed to schlep through security. The Economist, "Pooled delivery services are cutting traffic in British cities," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of schlep

1922, 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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English Language Learners Definition of schlep

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

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