• n. Someone who "gives unasked-for advice ... especially as a bystander-observer at a game (bridge, poker, checkers, chess)." (Rosten)

  • n. Someone who jokes, fools around.

Example Sentences

  • "The kibbitzer tried to tell the expert how to play the hand."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קיבעצער kíbetser

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      kibbitser, kibitser, kibitzer

Edit     See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.