[ neb-ish ]
/ ˈnɛb ɪʃ /
a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.
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Origin of nebbish
1890–95; < Yiddish nebekh poor, unfortunate, probably < Slavic; compare Czech nebohý poor; spelling with -sh perhaps < Western Yiddish forms of the word
OTHER WORDS FROM nebbishneb·bish·y, adjective
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