variants or schlepp or less commonly shlep or shlepp
schlepped also shlepped; schlepping also shlepping

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 One tester used the 90-liter Base Camp Gear Box (large) to schlep all of her gear to a mountain bike race and was able to fit the whole kit and caboodle: chest protector, two full face helmets, one half shell, two tires, and two pairs of bike shoes within the box itself. Caitlin Kelly, Outside Online, 25 June 2024 Spanning 24 acres at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, picture a low-key, high luxe experience that’s entirely self contained (no need to schlep anywhere else), tucked into a secluded stretch of beachfront, and balanced with the right offerings, including top-notch dining. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2023 While men took to the open road, women were often left to schlep children and groceries. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Apr. 2024 Shiny jet-black walls inject a dose of drama into the guest bedroom, and the guest bath off the kitchen includes a laundry closet, so there’s no need for anyone to schlep to the building’s common laundry room. Mark David, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for schlep 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of schlep was in 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Schlep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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