nebbish nebbish

Definition(s):

  • (n) (Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton

Usage(s):

  1. Lee's Taking Woodstock, about how a rural nebbish with a shrill mom helped get Woodstock rolling, was just a bad trip, as muddling as it was minor.
  2. The real Littlefield is more earnest preppy than pantsless nebbish, a boyish executive with a neatly trimmed beard.
  3. A Polish nebbish gets even with the nasty Frenchwoman of his dreams.

News

  • Rick Moranis Rides Hard for Rush

    Despite not having appeared on screen since 1997 Rick Moranis will forever occupy a nebbish-loving spot in the minds of movie fans as a result of his work in '80s classics like Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids ...
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Spin

Quotes

  1. "Only a Jew would think of a name like Clark Kent," says Brooklyn Rabbi Simcha Weinstein. "He's the bumbling, nebbish, Jewish stereotype. He's Woody Allen. Can't get the girl. Can't get the job - at the same time, he has this tremendous...
    on Feb 13, 2008 By: Simcha Weinstein Source: Chabad on Campus International Foundation

  2. "Think of the words that have crept into the language - nebbish, schlumpy - there's an onomatopoeic silliness to them," Reiner said.
    on Jan 7, 2008 By: Carl Reiner Source: Sun-Sentinel.com

  3. "It strikes me as a very very Jewish dilemma that [Loman] is facing," said Stavans. "The economics. The anxiety about his children. The fact that he is such a nebbish. He is the personification of nebbishness."
    on Jun 20, 2009 By: Ilan Stavans Source: Boston Globe

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