from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Informal To look on and offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others.
  • intransitive v. Informal To chat; converse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make unwanted and intrusive comments


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)
From Yiddish קיבעצן (kibitsn), from Hebrew קבץ, influenced by German kiebitzen. (Wiktionary)


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  • I like the idea that senseless chatter is like the twitter of little birds... to human ears! Of course, to bird ears it's information-rich: 'back off; danger coming; mate with me'.

    May 8, 2007