Meaning of Zelig in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzɛlɪɡ/


North American
  • A person who is able to change their appearance, behaviour, or attitudes, so as to be comfortable in any situation.

    ‘he has become a veritable Zelig of high technology, burrowing into every information industry nook’
    • ‘He felt he had to become a Zelig character, redefine himself to accommodate this new reality.’


1980s from the name of Leonard Zelig, central character in Woody Allen's film Zelig (1983).