(redirected from nebbishes)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to nebbishes: tsoris, shlemiel, nebbishy, ganef, ganof


A weak, submissive, pitiful person, especially a man. Adapted from the Yiddish word nebekh. He's just a sniveling nebbish, not a real man like you. Why they ever hired a nebbish like him to run the company is beyond me.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.




n. a dull person; a jerk. (From Yiddish.) Taylor is such a nebbish. Why doesn’t she just give up?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
(9) Woody Allen's characters have always struck us more as nebbishes than schlemiels.
And shows like The Big Bang Theory feature nebbishes of all ethnicities (two Jews, an Indian, and a Texan), some of whom pine for the girl across the hall, a dumb blonde who turns out to be not so dumb at all.
Though it is to be expected that during the course of a thousand years some less impressive types would ascend the throne, it is still somewhat dispiriting to read of such nebbishes as Elah (886-885 BCE), who got plastered while his courtiers ran the show, or Zimri (885 BCE), who set fire to his palace and went up with the flames after ruling for seven days.
Both of these guys are nebbishes in their own unique ways, but their interaction lacks focus.
No matter what Manucher Ghorbanifar really said to North in that famous bathroom conversation, the Israelis clearly had a world-class group of nebbishes to manipulate in Robert McFarlane, North and Rear Adm.
A strange irony of this origin tale is that it recasts some of the icons of Israeli toughness--such as Rabin, Golda Meir, and Moshe Dayan--as nebbishes who cede policy to a fringe group of extremists.