nebbish

[neb-ish]
noun Slang.
a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.

Origin:
1890–95; < Yiddish nebekh poor, unfortunate, probably < Slavic; compare Czech nebohý poor; spelling with -sh perhaps < Western Yiddish forms of the word

nebbishy, adjective
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nebbish
1907, nebbich, from Yiddish, from a Slavic source akin to Czech neboh "poor, unfortunate," lit. "un-endowed."
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neb(bish) definition

[ˈnɛb(ɪʃ)]
  1. n.
    a dull person; a jerk. (From Yiddish.) : Taylor is such a nebbish. Why doesn't she just give up?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Suddenly, the nebbish scoundrel was no longer hilariously charming.
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