American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Informal To look on and offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others.
- v. Informal To chat; converse.
- v. To chat; to gossip; to make small talk or idle chatter.
- v. To give unsolicited or unwanted advice or make unhelpful or idle comments, especially to someone playing a game.
- v. make unwanted and intrusive comments
- From Yiddish קיבעצן (kibitsn), from Hebrew קבץ, influenced by German kiebitzen. (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish kibitsen, from German kiebitzen, from Kiebitz, pewit, kibitzer, from Middle High German gībitz, pewit, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Variations on "kibitz" show up in 10 cases, "maven" in four, "klutz" in three and "schlemiel" in five (two of which refer to Woody Allen).”
“Let's kibitz by the fire; let's bake rugelach for Santa; and let's light unscented candles on a 12-branched candelabrum.”
“Occasionally, I even got the chance to kibitz a bit, as when one of the writers phoned my office to pick my brain on which members of the Legion of Super-Heroes (which I also edited) might be ready to make the leap to animation in the Superman episode “New Kids in Town”.”
“Moms can kibitz and kvell about why their kids are such a great catch and what they're looking for in a match.”
“Bookninja began as an online forum for a bunch of writers to kibitz and argue about the state of the book world but has since evolved into … an online form for a bunch of writers to kibitz and argue about the book world.”
“I love it when other people do the heavy lifting and I can just kibitz around the corners.”
“At one of these kinds of "real-life" get-togethers, it's fascinating to see, for instance, Chelsea Handler kibitz with Laura Bush and her daughters; or Condoleezza Rice bopping along to a duet by Debbie Harry and Theopholis London; or Jennifer Aniston chatting with a victim of human sex trafficking.”
“My publishers have explained to me that they don't get a say - they can kibitz, of course.”
“My grandmother used to kibitz, "Friends you choose; family you're stuck with.”
“But that didn't prevent him from calling Spain's prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the other day to kibitz about getting Spain's fiscal house in order.”
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