nebbish

[ neb-ish ]
/ ˈnɛb ɪʃ /

noun Slang.

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 nebbish

neb·bish·y, adjective

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