kibbitzer

Alternative Spellings

kibbitser, kibitser, kibitzer

Definitions

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

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קיבעצער kíbetser

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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)

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