Alternative Spellings

dibek, dybuk, dibuk


  • a spirit, "often thought to be the soul of a dead person, that wanders the earth looking for a living body to inhabit" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "The dybbuk attaches itself to the body of a living person and inhabits it."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb דיבוק dibúk, Yiddish דיבוק díbek

Who Uses This

Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
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).


Also the name of a 1914 play by S. An-sky (and its film adaptation).

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