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kibitzer

noun ki·bitz·er \ˈki-bət-sər, kə-ˈbit-\

Definition of kibitzer

  1. :  one who looks on and often offers unwanted advice or comment <a kibitzer at a card game>; broadly :  one who offers opinions



Examples of kibitzer in a sentence

  1. <a nosy kibitzer who always knows who is dating whom>



Did You Know?

The Yiddish language has given English some particularly piquant terms over the years, and "kibitzer" (or "kibbitzer") is one such term. "Kibitzer," spelled "kibitser" in Yiddish, came to that language from the German word kiebitzen, meaning "to look on (at cards)." "Kiebitzen" may or may not be derived from a German word for "lapwing," a type of bird noted for its shrill and raucous cry. (We can speculate that the bird’s cry reminded people of the shrill commentary of onlookers at card games.) The word became more popular and widespread after the 1929 play The Kibitzer came out. Although "kibitzer" usually implies the imparting of unwanted advice, there is a respectable body of evidence for a kibitzer as a person simply making comments.

1922

First Known Use of kibitzer

1922

Variants of kibitzer

also kibbitzer play \ˈki-bət-sər, kə-ˈbit-\

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