\ 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 Some will have to schlep their case files farther from their existing offices to get to the new courthouse, which is located on the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. oregonlive, "After decades of trying, Multnomah County opens a $324 million new, spacious, seismically safer courthouse," 4 Oct. 2020 In 2008, Sarah Silverman asked young people to schlep to Florida to make sure that their grandparents voted for Barack Obama. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "In a Historic Wildfire Season, It’s Time to Follow the Lead of Young Campaigners," 16 Sep. 2020 Spending lots of quality time in your garden and yard but tired of constantly having to schlep back and forth from the shed or garage? Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Shop Labor Day deals at The Home Depot for patio, kitchen, storage and more," 4 Sep. 2020 The bright side was seeing a guy like Rory McIlroy schlep his own bag for four hours. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Did you see how Cincinnati ranked for the Bundesliga re-opening?," 18 May 2020 The pressure is also mounting on the people who have to schlep all these parcels to front doors. Washington Post, "Chinese online shoppers shatter Cyber Monday records on ‘Double 11’," 11 Nov. 2019 That would force his colleagues to schlep back to Washington under adverse health conditions. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Thomas Massie hints he'll try to force House vote on next coronavirus economic relief bill," 20 Apr. 2020 Enlist your little ones to schlep tools and small plants in your backyard with the Step2 Springtime Wheelbarrow for kids. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "10 fun toys your kids will love using outside this spring," 14 Apr. 2020 On top of that, some people don't enjoy the inconvenience of having to schlep to their allergist so frequently, while others are bothered by the swelling and itchiness that can occur around the injection site. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "9 Most Effective Natural Remedies to Treat Seasonal Allergies, According to Experts," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of schlep was in 1911

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“Schlep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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