n. A spirit, "often thought to be the soul of a dead person, that wanders the earth looking for a living body to inhabit" (JPS).
"The dybbuk attaches itself to the body of a living person and inhabits it."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb דיבוק dibúk, Yiddish דיבוק díbek
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
dibek, dybuk, dibuk
Also the name of a 1914 play by S. An-sky (and its film adaptation).
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