• n. One who is inept, clumsy, all thumbs, who fouls things up (Rosten).

  • n. An actor "who talks as though he has a potato in his mouth"—that is, an actor who "blows" his lines, mixes them up, commits embarrassing spoonerisms, a malaprop.

Example Sentences

  • And there I heard heartrending tales of a famous bulbenik (Rosten).

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • בולבעניק bulbenik

    • 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]).

      Alternative Spellings

      bolbanik, bulbanik, bolbenik

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