• v. To scream, yelp.

  • n. A scream, yelp.

Example Sentences

  • “Don’t kvitsh when you see the bill.” (NJY)

  • “When I walked in, she gave a kvitsh you could hear in Canarsie.” (NJY)

  • "Reb Avraham used to utter a kvitch – a high-pitched, suppressed cry — every so often while davening, even during Shemoneh Esreh (heard from Rabbi Nachman Burshteyn. This may be related to the 'silent scream' which the Rebbe mentions in Sichot ha-Ran, sec. 16.)." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קװיטש 'a scream'

    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      kvitch, kvich, kvitshen, kvitshn, kvitchen, kvitchn, kvichen, kvichn

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