• adj. Embittered, sullen, mean.

  • n. Sourpuss, mean person.

Example Sentences

  • "He is so farbissen he gets no pleasure from anything."

  • "Wizard of Oz, when the farbissiner gets the house dropped on her" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • (פֿאַרביס(ע)נ(ע)(ר farbís(e)n(e)(r)

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain


      • 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).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      farbissin, farbisseneh, farbisine, farbissen, farbisn, farbisiner, farbissina


  • In Yiddish, farbisn is the (predicate) adjective form, farbisene is the feminine noun form, and farbisener is the masculine noun form.

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