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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • noun One who is fearful and timid, especially in making decisions and plans, in discussions, debates, arguments, and confrontations, and in taking responsibility.
  • noun slang, mildly pejorative, US A loser.

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  • noun (Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton

Etymologies

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

[Yiddish nebekh, poor, unfortunate, of Slavic origin; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.]

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

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