Definition of dybbuk in English:


noundybbuks, dybbukim

  • (in Jewish folklore) a malevolent wandering spirit that enters and possesses the body of a living person until exorcised.

    • ‘The Jewish dybbuk is the malevolent spirit of a dead person which enters a living one and controls it.’
    • ‘Ashkenazi legends are a fantastic repository of monsters - not only golems, but dybbuks and demons too.’
    • ‘Not only his dybbuks and demons but the people themselves belonged not simply to another continent but to another cosmos, a distant century.’
    • ‘The dybbuk spoke out of its hiding place, ‘I'm so glad they're going to die.’’


From Yiddish dibek, from Hebrew dibbūq, from dāḇaq ‘cling’.