schlep or schlepp also shlep (shlĕp) Slang
v. schlepped, schlep·ping, schleps or schlepped or schlepp·ing or schlepps also shlepped or shlep·ping or shleps
To carry clumsily or with difficulty; lug: schlepped a shopping bag around town.
To move slowly or laboriously: schlepped around with the twins in a stroller.
1. An arduous journey.
2. A clumsy or stupid person.
[Yiddish shlepn, to drag, pull, from Middle Low German slēpen; see lei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
schlepper, shlepper n.
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