ki·bitz | \ˈki-bəts, kə-ˈbits \
variants: or less commonly kibbitz
kibitzed also kibbitzed; kibitzing also kibbitzing; kibitzes also kibbitzes

Definition of kibitz 

intransitive verb

1 : to act as a kibitzer

2 : to exchange comments : chat

transitive verb

: to observe as a kibitzer especially : to be a kibitzer at kibitz a card game

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Examples of kibitz in a Sentence

They sat around kibitzing about their children. My uncle likes to kibitz when I play poker with my cousins. He likes to kibitz our poker games.
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After his first-place score of 87.16 flashed, and with a handful of riders still up top, there was 17-year-old shredder Red Gerard kibitzing with none other than IOC President Thomas Bach. USA TODAY, "Home grown: Red Gerard takes Olympic gold back to backyard," 10 Feb. 2018 Like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Alex spends more time kibitzing with customers on the selling floor than inside his office. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "The Last Great Clothing Store," 29 Mar. 2018 James is upset because his video platform Uninterrupted features a show called The Shop that includes James kibitzing with fellow sports luminaries. Andy Staples,, "Nick Saban, LeBron James Are Battling for Second When It Comes to Barbershop Content," 4 Apr. 2018 The event at Royce Hall marked the end of the California leg of this American history kibitzing tour, but Lincoln wasn't foremost on his mind. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony Kushner, thinking citizen: The playwright on 'Angels in America,' 'West Side Story' and surviving Trump," 30 Mar. 2018 After his first-place score of 87.16 flashed, and with a handful of riders still up top, there was 17-year-old shredder Red Gerard kibitzing with none other than IOC President Thomas Bach. Eddie Pells, Houston Chronicle, "Home grown: Red Gerard takes Olympic gold back to backyard," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of kibitz

1927, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for kibitz

borrowed from Yiddish kibetsn or German kiebitzen "to look on (at a card game)," both borrowed from Rotwelsch (German underworld argot) kiebitschen, chippischen, gippischen "(of the police) to search out, patrol," of obscure origin

Note: In passage from Rotwelsch to ordinary vernaculars, there has presumably been a jocular transfer in sense from the undesirable observation of underworld activity by the police to observation of a more innocent activity such as a game. Corresponding to the Rotwelsch verb is a noun Kiewisch, Gippisch, Kippisch, etc., "police search, investigation, patrol," attested slightly earlier, perhaps first (as Gippisch, Geppisch) in a vocabulary appended to Alphabetisches Verzeichnis einer Anzahl von Räubern, Dieben und Vagabonden (Hamburg, 1814), by a Danish police official, H.C. Christensen, based on an investigation carried out in Kiel in 1811-12. Neither the German or Yiddish words or their Rotwelsch source have any plausible connection to German Kiebitz "lapwing" other than by secondary association.

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The first known use of kibitz was in 1927

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English Language Learners Definition of kibitz

: to talk to someone in a friendly and informal way

: to watch other people and make unwanted comments about what they are doing

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to reject or criticize sharply

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