interj., adv. "unfortunately"
n. an unfortunate person
"Nebach, his father died when he was very young."
"Look at him all wet and cold. I'd hate to be that nebach."
"Nebach Shlomo just lost all his money in an internet scam."
Languages of Origin
- Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- 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).
- Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Who Uses This
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See also nebbish.
Often used in regard to someone who has died or suffered terrible misfortune.
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