[ neb-ish ]
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  1. a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.

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 nebbish

  • neb·bish·y, adjective

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