from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A habitual bungler; a dolt.
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- n. A loser or a fool.
- n. A person who is clumsy or who hurts others emotionally.
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- n. (Yiddish) a dolt who is a habitual bungler
Yiddish shlemíl, perhaps from Hebrew šəlūmî'ēl, my well-being is God, Shelumiel (a character in the Bible, Numbers 7:36) : šəlūmî, my well-being (šālôm, well-being; see šlm in Semitic roots + -î, my) + 'ēl, God; see אl in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish שלימיל (shlimil), from German Schlemihl. (Wiktionary)