Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To complain persistently and whiningly.
  • noun A chronic, whining complainer.
  • noun A nagging complaint.

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  • noun Person who endlessly whines or complains.
  • noun Person who finds fault with anything.
  • adjective Describing a kvetch or kvetcher.
  • verb To whine or complain, often needlessly.

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

  • noun (Yiddish) a constant complainer
  • verb express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  • noun (Yiddish) a nagging complaint

Etymologies

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

[Yiddish kvetshn, to squeeze, complain, from Middle High German quetzen, quetschen, to squeeze.]

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From Yiddish קוועטשן (kvetshn), from German Quetsche ("crusher, presser"), from quetschen ("crush, press").

Examples

  • However, if you feel the need to kvetch, why not follow @kvetch and direct message your complaints?

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  • Some refer to us by using the Yiddish word "kvetch," which translates as "a whining complainer."

    Michael Simmons: One Jew's Views

  • It takes its name from the Yiddish word "kvetch," which means to complain or nag.

    JustNews.com - Local News

  • To the so-called experts on the Yiddish word "kvetch": The "k" is not silent, but maybe you should be.

    Daily Tar Heel RSS

  • And the rest of tired of the same old''s kvetch is due to the past 8 years of bad leadership on 1600 Penn.

    House of Delegates Preview- Part 1

  • As if he knew that excuse fell on deeply offended ears, Father Francis Gower had added, in a complaining tone that brought to my mind the Yiddish word kvetch, My old bones couldn’t stand the weather, anyway.

    I. O. U.

  • As if he knew that excuse fell on deeply offended ears, Father Francis Gower had added, in a complaining tone that brought to my mind the Yiddish word kvetch, My old bones couldn’t stand the weather, anyway.

    I. O. U.

  • As if he knew that excuse fell on deeply offended ears, Father Francis Gower had added, in a complaining tone that brought to my mind the Yiddish word kvetch, My old bones couldn’t stand the weather, anyway.

    I. O. U.

  • As if he knew that excuse fell on deeply offended ears, Father Francis Gower had added, in a complaining tone that brought to my mind the Yiddish word kvetch, My old bones couldn’t stand the weather, anyway.

    I. O. U.

  • Or, Pouring Ketchup On An Over-cooked Campaign, or Ketchup Money to Help Campaign Catch Up, or some sort of bad pun involving Ketchup, money and catch up bonus points if you can also work "kvetch" into the pun*:Unlike Dean and Bush, Kerry said he will put his own money into the campaign, becoming the first Democrat in at least 20 years to do so.

    November 2003 ~ Angry Bear

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  • There's a guy at my work and all he does is kvetch all day long.

    December 8, 2008

  • Kvetch kvetch kvetch.

    January 5, 2009