kibbitzer (KIH-bits-er) listen


  • 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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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

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