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
As for the subject heading, this is the definition I was once given by a friend who passed away last year, Harry Edelstein the Matzoh King of Broadway: A schlemiel is the guy who spills the soup.
The lean, gifted actor was spellbinding as a scheming producer in "Speed-the-Plow" at the Old Vic a couple of years ago, but he is all wrong to play the kind of schlemiel for which Peter Falk, in the original Broadway production, and Jack
Liberalism, which purports to mitigate conflict, was viewed as a kind of schlemiel faith in the conscience of the world.
So there you are -- a poor schlemiel who started out as a minor character on the Larry Sanders talk show ends up a minor character among the many others who populated "The Larry Sanders Show."
This "shows how little it takes to go from being a schlemiel to being a ..." (a much ruder Yiddish word followed).
Yet even though he's playing a sexually frustrated fall guy, a Sicilian schlemiel , Prima's throaty singing is amazingly erotic.
Â· bring home any paycheck less than what that schlemiel, my sister's husband, earns
But as Bella Abzug said, the feminist struggle was never simply about ensuring that a female Einstein might be appointed assistant professor; it was also about ensuring that a "woman schlemiel" might get promoted as speedily as a "male schlemiel."
Just as tiresome as the regulation egoist is the regulation schlemiel.
Justin Rice is hilarious as a sad sack slacker schlemiel.