Alternative Spellings

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


  • 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" (http://greatbookshalfread.com/page/5/)

Languages of Origin



(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


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).


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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