One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person, especially a man, who is regarded as pitifully ineffectual, timid, or submissive.
- ‘Murphy's character flip-flops between obnoxious clown and likable nebbish, failing to ever find an appropriate balance.’
- ‘Carrey's performance is not as consistently acute or concentrated; occasionally he is the stereotypical nebbish, but he too has his moments of depth.’
- ‘There's nothing special about us… just a coupla nebbishes…’
- ‘In Shiver, a sexy bride and her nebbish hubby go to visit her cousins in their ancestral home.’
- ‘Leo is a neurotic nebbish of sizable proportions.’
- ‘Which leaves Stern in the familiar role of the nebbish buddy who just wants to fit in.’
- ‘Allen was never a pretty picture, but his famous nebbish looks and wimpish physique did convey a certain elfish charm.’
- ‘When this movie was made, Bill Gates was a little-known nebbish.’
- ‘Allen, of course, hotly denies this, arguing that his lusty, maladroit, cowardly, witty and nebbish persona is a comic archetype.’
- ‘A scrawny nebbish of a man, Moss is no Moore, to be sure.’
- ‘Gene Wilder is brilliantly understated as the Waco Kid, a stark contrast to the neurotic nebbish Leo Bloom in Brooks's The Producers.’
- ‘Meanwhile, in the ‘comedy,’ Melinda is the downstairs neighbor of an ambitious film director, Susan, and her nebbish husband, Hobie.’
- ‘Adam Rafferty as the nebbish Albert Peterson is perfect.’
- ‘Robert Webber plays Rogers as a nebbish, but along the way, his subtle movements and quirks help reveal a great deal about the character.’
- ‘Woody Allen is funny (then again, I'm a big fan, so I'm biased) as Tex, whining and being the nebbish we've all come to know and love.’
- ‘Robert Dayton plays a recently divorced nebbish who decides to refashion himself as a ladies man.’
- ‘So I'm talking to a rather fetching dame with a disco outfit circa 1970, when a nebbish second year inserts himself uninvited to our conversation.’
- ‘In the original, the men were cold and sinister; in the new version, they're nebbishes who need to be constantly drilled in masculine prerogatives by the head of the Men's Association.’
- ‘I still can't believe that a nebbish like Tony could possibly become a senior Government Minister.’
- ‘You keep expecting Marcello Mastroianni; but instead, what you get is Miles, an angst-ridden nebbish, and Jack, a pathological philanderer.’
- ‘There are those who will think I'm being a whiny nebbish, and I just don't care.’
- ‘All the same, Polanski ably blends comedy and pathos in his portrayal of the nervous nebbish Trelkovsky, which is important since he's in every scene. -’
Late 19th century: from Yiddish nebekh ‘poor thing’.
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