Dybbuk definition

dĭbo͝ok, dē-bo͝ok
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(jewish folklore) The spirit of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and possesses it.
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In Jewish folklore, the wandering soul of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and controls his or her behavior.
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A malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of dybbuk - dibbuk

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dybbuk
Plural:
dybbuks

Origin of dybbuk

  • Yiddish dibek from Hebrew dibbūq probably from dābaq to cling dbq in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Yiddish דיבוק (dibek), from Hebrew דבק (dovek, “cling”).

    From Wiktionary