- a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.
Origin of nebbish
Examples from the Web for nebbishy
Romano has always seemed far too nebbishy and whiny for my liking.‘Parenthood’: In Praise of Ray Romano’s Amazing Performance
October 2, 2012
Despite his nebbishy demeanor, the Senate majority leader is an incorrigible junkyard dog.Why Harry Reid’s Mormon Slur May Be Good for the Church
September 26, 2012
Word Origin and History for nebbishy
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).