\ ˈshləb How to pronounce schlub (audio) \
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Definition of schlub

: a stupid, worthless, or unattractive person

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Examples of schlub in a Sentence

you're a complete schlub—you should do great around here
Recent Examples on the Web Kevin James has made a career out of playing lovable schlubs. Clark Collis,, "Kevin James is armed and extremely dangerous in trailer for thriller Becky," 7 May 2020 Ten years from now, all the schlubs and nobodies who got a chance to play under Kerr this season will throw a big reunion, to thank Kerr and his staff for treating them like real NBA players, with dignity, and for really coaching their asses. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors were short on wins, but had winning season," 19 Mar. 2020 And though not all of them make economic sense for us schlubs at the back, a significant number are likely to be rolled out cabin-wide in the years to come. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Technology can improve the experience of flying—even for those of us at the back of the plane," 4 Oct. 2019 Ailes is a mean schlub with a big hustle, and his idea of success is settling grudges. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“The Loudest Voice” Eviscerates Roger Ailes and Fox News," 30 June 2019 These days any old schlub can pilot a drone without cratering it, what with good old autopilot tech, but there are drone pilots out there whose abilities push the limits of human cognition. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Watch Out, Pro Racers: These Drones Just Learned to Fly Solo," 27 June 2018 Two: North American schlub marries Frenchman, becomes expat and learns secrets of life, home décor, child rearing and bras from French fairy godmother. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘Live Like a French Woman’ Books," 12 June 2018 Avenatti has emerged as the unlikely voice of the underdog while out-classing a bunch of establishment schlubs with his impeccable style and cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor. Rachel Dodes, Vanities, "Michael Avenatti Is “Very Flattered” That You Think He’s a Style Icon," 17 May 2018 Some of these aren't the most gifted of thespians, but any such shortcomings are easily outbalanced by the bulky figure of Valmir do Coco who effortlessly dominates the ensemble as working schlub Tiao. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Azougue Nazare': Film Review | Rotterdam 2018," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of schlub

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schlub

Yiddish zhlob, zhlub yokel, boor

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“Schlub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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