Definitions for nebbishˈnɛb ɪʃ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a pitifully ineffectual, inept, and timid person.
Category: Status (usage)
Origin of nebbish:
1890–95; < Yiddish nebekh poor, unfortunate, prob. < Slavic; cf. Czech nebohý poor
(Yiddish) a timid unfortunate simpleton
One who is fearful and timid, especially in making decisions and plans, in discussions, debates, arguments, and confrontations, and in taking responsibility.
Actor Rick Moranis often plays a nebbish.
Origin: From נעביש, from נעבעך.