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  • n  (Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton

  • Robert Crumb, the underground pooh-bah, provides one of his patented war-of-the-sexes pieces, "The Unbearable Tediousness of Being," where a dull nebbish attempts to woo a .
  • It's that Rudd is a handsome nebbish, a fellow programmed to be agreeable, soft, semi-cuddly, in a movie universe that not only doesn't value those qualities but sees them as .
  • What a collision of the scurrying nebbish (Sidney) and the soaring predator (falcon)! Sidney is the protagonist of "Sweet Smell of Success," originally a novelette by Ernest Lehman .
News & Articles

  • 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 ...
    June 7, 2013 - Spin
Quotes

  • Simcha Weinstein in Chabad on Campus International Foundation
    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...
  • Carl Reiner in Sun-Sentinel.com
    Think of the words that have crept into the language - nebbish, schlumpy - there's an onomatopoeic silliness to them,Reiner said.
  • Ilan Stavans in Boston Globe
    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."

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