Definition of nebbish in English:

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nebbish

Pronunciation: /ˈnɛbɪʃ/

noun

informal, chiefly North American
A person, especially a man, who is regarded as pitifully ineffectual, timid, or submissive: He’s a nebbish. No money, no prestige, no future [as modifier]: his nebbish sensibility
More example sentences
  • In the original, the men were cold and sinister; in the new version, they're nebbishes who need to be constantly drilled in masculine prerogatives by the head of the Men's Association.
  • There's nothing special about us… just a coupla nebbishes…
  • Meanwhile, in the ‘comedy,’ Melinda is the downstairs neighbor of an ambitious film director, Susan, and her nebbish husband, Hobie.

Derivatives

nebbishy

adjective
Example sentences
  • He's nebbishy, quietly romantic, and - as many of his songs suggest - dreaming of road trip getaways.
  • He's a short, nebbishy guy with a neat goatee and horn-rimmed glasses.
  • A nebbishy architect is inexplicably charged with designing the suicide barrier on the Bloor Viaduct.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Yiddish nebekh 'poor thing'.

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