Definition of dybbuk in English:



  • (in Jewish folklore) a malevolent wandering spirit that enters and possesses the body of a living person until exorcized.

    • ‘Not only his dybbuks and demons but the people themselves belonged not simply to another continent but to another cosmos, a distant century.’
    • ‘Ashkenazi legends are a fantastic repository of monsters - not only golems, but dybbuks and demons too.’
    • ‘The dybbuk spoke out of its hiding place, ‘I'm so glad they're going to die.’’
    • ‘The Jewish dybbuk is the malevolent spirit of a dead person which enters a living one and controls it.’


From Yiddish dibek, from Hebrew dibbūq, from dāḇaq cling.