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.
any highly adaptable, opportunistic person
Origin of Zeligafter Leonard Zelig, title character of a 1983 film by Woody Allen; uncertain or unknown; perhaps ultimately from Yiddish zelig, happy from German selig, blessed: see silly
- One who unconsciously mimics the traits or appearances of those with whom he or she associates.
- One having a ubiquitous, often inconspicuous presence: “[He] is a sort of Zelig of modern politics, popping up and blending in at momentous occasions” ( Alessandra Stanley )
Origin of ZeligAfter Leonard Zelig the main character of the film Zelig (1983) written and directed by Woody Allen