kvetch

1 of 2

verb

kvetched; kvetching; kvetches

intransitive verb

: to complain habitually : gripe
kvetcher noun

kvetch

2 of 2

noun

1
: a habitual complainer
2
kvetchy
ˈkve-chē How to pronounce kvetch (audio)
ˈkfe-
adjective

Example Sentences

Verb They're always kvetching about something. a chronically resentful person who seems to look for things to kvetch about Noun according to the kvetch on the bus tour, there was little about Europe that was satisfactory vainly hoped that his coworker would spare him another kvetch about being overworked
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Given how people like to kvetch on social media, that side effect could very well seem like it’s occurring in a lot more than one out of 18 patients. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 26 May 2022 According to family lore, Clara Glimcher followed him into the recruiting office, kvetching that her son was about to ship off to Parris Island and leave his poor mother behind. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2019 In an earlier episode spent driving around with actor/comedian Zach Galifianakis in a well-worn 1972 Volkswagen Thing, Seinfeld kvetches about shows with famous people in cars. Hank Stuever, chicagotribune.com, 9 July 2018 Residents have formed protest groups, lobbied city and state representatives, gone to court, sold their homes and moved—and even created a high-tech tool for kvetching, enabling them to register thousands of complaints at the click of a button. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, 5 July 2018 By all the evidence, Roth loved to talk, or more specifically kvetch, about writing (or more specifically about trying to write). Nathan Heller, Vogue, 23 May 2018 So while European mandarins are kvetching about the trade war Mr. Trump risks starting with metals tariffs, Europe is now launching its own economic war with a proposal to tax U.S. tech firms. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2018 Even so, there were complaints, especially by the Italians, who kvetched about not being able to take walks. John Kelly, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2018 Everyone likes to kvetch about traffic and driving conditions, but drivers in some cities have far fewer complaints. USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2017
Noun
While this might sound like a saucy kvetch mid strenuous workout, for many in his audience the reference was unmissable. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 What's your favorite subject to kvetch about and why? Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, 4 May 2018 So this kvetch is more philosophical than any issue that could have cropped up had Carson Wentz stayed healthy or had Antonio Brown gone off last Sunday or if Russell Wilson’s Seahawks didn’t put together two clunkers in consecutive weeks. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, 21 Dec. 2017 MYSTERY SCIENCE LATE NIGHT (1982) Long before Beavis and Butthead or Mystery Science Theater 3000, Late Night with David Letterman presented a show from the perspective of a persistently and harshly critical kvetch from the back of the room. Jason Zinoman, HWD, 10 Apr. 2017 MYSTERY SCIENCE LATE NIGHT (1982) Long before Beavis and Butthead or Mystery Science Theater 3000, Late Night with David Letterman presented a show from the perspective of a persistently and harshly critical kvetch from the back of the room. vanityfair.com, 10 Apr. 2017 MYSTERY SCIENCE LATE NIGHT (1982) Long before Beavis and Butthead or Mystery Science Theater 3000, Late Night with David Letterman presented a show from the perspective of a persistently and harshly critical kvetch from the back of the room. Jason Zinoman, VanityFair.com, 10 Apr. 2017 MYSTERY SCIENCE LATE NIGHT (1982) Long before Beavis and Butthead or Mystery Science Theater 3000, Late Night with David Letterman presented a show from the perspective of a persistently and harshly critical kvetch from the back of the room. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, 10 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Yiddish kvetshn, literally, to squeeze, pinch, from Middle High German quetschen

First Known Use

Verb

circa 1950, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of kvetch was circa 1950

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Cite this Entry

“Kvetch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kvetch. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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