• interj., adv. "unfortunately"

  • n. an unfortunate person

  • adj. unfortunate

Example Sentences

  • "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

  • Yiddish


  • נעבעך nebekh

    • Who Uses This

      • 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[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).

      Alternative Spellings

      nebukh, nebakh, nebekh, nebech, nebuch, nebbach, nebbukh, nebbakh, nebbekh, nebbech, nebbuch


  • See also nebbish.

    Often used in regard to someone who has died or suffered terrible misfortune.

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