nebach

Alternative Spellings

nebekh, nebech, nebuch

Definitions

  • interjection, adverb: "unfortunately"; noun: an unfortunate person

Example Sentences

  • "Nebech, his father died when he was very young."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

נעבעך nebekh

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

See also nebbish

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