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[Sephardic Hebrew dee-book; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English dib-uh k] /Sephardic Hebrew diˈbuk; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈdɪb ək/
noun, plural dybbuks, dybbukim
[Sephardic Hebrew dee-boo-keem; Ashkenazic Hebrew dih-boo k-im] /Sephardic Hebrew ˌdi buˈkim; Ashkenazic Hebrew dɪˈbʊk ɪm/ (Show IPA).
Jewish Folklore.
a demon, or the soul of a dead person, that enters the body of a living person and directs the person's conduct, exorcism being possible only by a religious ceremony.
Origin of dybbuk
1900-05; < Yiddish dibek < Hebrew dibbūq, derivative of dābhaq cleave (to); spelling dybbuk is a Pol transliteration of the Heb word Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for dybbuk


/ˈdɪbək; Hebrew diˈbuk/
noun (pl) -buks, -bukkim (Hebrew) (-buˈkim)
(Judaism) (in the folklore of the cabala) the soul of a dead sinner that has transmigrated into the body of a living person
Word Origin
from Yiddish dibbūk devil, from Hebrew dibbūq; related to dābhaq to hang on, cling
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Word Origin and History for dybbuk

"malevolent spirit of a dead person possessing the body of a living one," 1903, from Jewish folklore, from Hebrew dibbuk, from dabak "to cling, cleave to."

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