variants or less commonly shlub
: a stupid, worthless, or unattractive person

Examples of schlub in a Sentence

you're a complete schlub—you should do great around here
Recent Examples on the Web Samet, cynically defending his right to be an isolationist schlub, dismisses justice and community as naïve ideals. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2024 And carrying his inevitable thirtysomething disillusionment in a little schlub around the midriff, for sure. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 9 Oct. 2023 The middle-aged schlubs with Titleist dad hats and 24-ounce Coors cans, subtly revealing their tribal affiliation via the dancing bear on their striped polos. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 This film plays more like a working-class fable, the kind where a likable schlub achieves success through grit and determination. Odie Henderson,, 8 June 2023 But Donal Logue is hardly a schlub. Emily Palmer Heller, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2021 Here's a few things to know about Miami: These Hurricanes are no schlubs. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Mar. 2023 Johnson loves to play the schlub, despite his muscly stature and big personality, but this disaster drama marked the best of that character type, hear as a rescue helicopter pilot searching for his daughter in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California. Ben Flanagan |, al, 2 May 2022 But Douglas was middle-aged, graying, odd-looking, even a little jowly — by industry standards, practically a schlub. Vulture, 5 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Yiddish zhlob, zhlub yokel, boor

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schlub was in 1950

Dictionary Entries Near schlub

Cite this Entry

“Schlub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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