Slang a person regarded as, variously, pitifully inept, ineffective, shy, dull, etc.
Origin of nebbishfrom Yiddish nebekh, pity, pitiably
A person regarded as weak-willed or timid.
Origin of nebbishYiddish nebekh poor, unfortunate of Slavic origin ; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.
- One who is fearful and timid, especially in making decisions and plans, in discussions, debates, arguments, and confrontations, and in taking responsibility.
- Actor Rick Moranis often plays a nebbish.