- The definition of a zelig is an ordinary person who can change themselves to imitate anyone they are near.
An example of zelig is a person who learns everything they can about a specific subject in order to fit in with a specific group of people.
- a person, typically an ordinary, unimportant person, who seems to turn up with surprising or unaccountable frequency in a variety of settings
- any highly adaptable, opportunistic person
Origin: after Leonard Zelig, title character of a 1983 film
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