Nebbishy



[neb-ish] /ˈnɛb ɪʃ/

noun, Slang.
1.
a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.
n.

1905, nebbich, from Yiddish (used as a Yiddish word in American English from 1890s), from a Slavic source akin to Czech neboh “poor, unfortunate,” literally “un-endowed,” from Proto-Slavic *ne-bogu-, with negative prefix (see un- (1)) + PIE *bhag- “to share out, apportion” (see -phagous).

adjective

Having the character of a nebbish: plays a nebbishy student who acquires telekinetic powers/ Paul Reiser stars as a nebbishy playwright

noun

A person without charm, interesting qualities, talent, etc; wimp: ”Nebbish” is simply the one in the crowd that you always forget to introduce/ Don’t be a nebbish/ poor little nebs like Julian

[1941+; fr Yiddish fr Czech neboky]

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