- "To socialize aimlessly...To carry on a running commentary" (Rosten)
- "Adam and Mike are always kibbitzing at the back of the shul during davening."
Languages of Origin
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)
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
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)
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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