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From Yiddish נעביש(nebish), from נעבעך(nebekh, poor, unfortunate), from Czech nebohý.


nebbish ‎(plural nebbishes)

  1. 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.
    • 2001, Foster Hirsh, Love, Sex, Death, and the Meaning of Life: The Films of Woody Allen [1]
      “I don't consider myself a nebbish,” Woody told interviewers early in his career, “but everyone else does.”

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