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

: 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 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 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,, 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, 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, 30 June 2019

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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 1 Dec. 2021.

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