kibbitz

Alternative Spellings

kibitz

Definitions

  • "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary" (Rosten)

Example Sentences

  • "Adam and Mike are always kibbitzing at the back of the shul during davening."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קיבעצן kíbetsn (verbal stem קיבעץ kíbets)

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]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Especially common among Ashkenazim. One of the few entries in Uriel Weinreich's Yiddish dictionary that uses a Jewish-English term ("kibitz") as the definition of the Yiddish word.

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