Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To complain persistently and whiningly.
  • n. A chronic, whining complainer.
  • n. A nagging complaint: "a rambling kvetch against the system” ( Leonard Ross).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Person who endlessly whines or complains.
  • n. Person who finds fault with anything.
  • adj. Describing a kvetch or kvetcher.
  • v. To whine or complain, often needlessly.

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

  • n. (Yiddish) a constant complainer
  • v. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  • n. (Yiddish) a nagging complaint

Etymologies

Yiddish kvetshn, to squeeze, complain, from Middle High German quetzen, quetschen, to squeeze.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish קוועטשן (kvetshn), from German Quetsche ("crusher, presser"), from quetschen ("crush, press"). (Wiktionary)

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."

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Sprinkled throughout the delightful, lighthearted tale are common Yiddish phrases such as kvetch, chutzpah and Oy Gevalt!, with a glossary in the back.

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  • The New York Times 'David Brooks chalked up Hastings scoop to one more example of our "kvetch" culture.

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  • Brooks laments the inability of today's elite figures to "kvetch," to blow off ...

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  • Kvetch kvetch kvetch.

    January 5, 2009

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

    December 8, 2008