• feel or express pride, "to be extraordinarily pleased" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "I hear your daughter will be singing with the SF Opera! So you're kvelling, of course."

Languages of Origin



קװעלן kveln 'to beam (at), be delighted (in)' (verbal stem is קװעל kvel)

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


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).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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