shlep




To shlep is to drag or lug something. If you have to pick up your dog and carry him up the stairs to your apartment, you can say that you need to shlep him.

When you shlep a heavy box down the street, you awkwardly pull it, or you carry it with difficulty. You can also describe your trip along the sidewalk with the heavy box itself as a shlep: “It was such a shlep to get that box over to Adam’s house.” You can also spell the word schlep, and it comes from a Yiddish root, shlepen, “to drag.”

Definitions of shlep
  1. verb

    pull along heavily, like a heavy load against a resistance

    “Can you
    shlep this bag of potatoes upstairs?”
    synonyms:
    pull along, schlep
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    types:

    tow

    drag behind
    tug

    tow (a vessel) with a tug
    type of:

    drag

    pull, as against a resistance

  2. verb

    walk or tramp about

    synonyms:
    traipse
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    type of:

    walk

    use one’s feet to advance; advance by steps

  3. noun

    a tedious or difficult journey

    synonyms:
    schlep
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    type of:

    journey, journeying

    the act of traveling from one place to another

  4. noun

    (Yiddish) an awkward and stupid person

    synonyms:
    schlep, schlepper, shlepper
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    type of:

    simple, simpleton

    a person lacking intelligence or common sense

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