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

Example Sentences

you're a complete schlub—you should do great around here
Recent Examples on the Web The last before that was some schlub named … (checks notes) … Woody Hayes. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2022 But there’s almost too much to explain, beginning with the idea that someone like Kat, even in the throes of heartache, would marry a schlub like Charlie without a prenup. John Anderson, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 This schlub look has resonated with the fashion industry. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2021 Her greatest achievement so far is making a star out of Jordan Van Draanen (Peyton Meyer), a former schlub who is now her video-star boyfriend. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 27 Aug. 2021 It's rumpled in the dolce far niente way, not in the I'm-a-schlub manner. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 19 June 2021 In the show, he’s played by Ray Romano as more of a tender-hearted schlub than a true-blue curmudgeon. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 4 May 2021 The rotting remains of some schlub's prediction the Vikings would finish 9-7 and make the playoffs. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 20 Oct. 2020 Kevin James has made a career out of playing lovable schlubs. Clark Collis,, 7 May 2020 See More

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Schlub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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