from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person regarded as weak-willed or timid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who is fearful and timid, especially in making decisions and plans, in discussions, debates, arguments, and confrontations, and in taking responsibility.
  • n. A loser.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who is ineffectual, timid, and often luckless; a person of no significance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton


Yiddish nebekh, poor, unfortunate, of Slavic origin; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish נעביש (nebish), from נעבעך (nebekh, "poor, unfortunate"), from Czech nebohý. (Wiktionary)


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