kvetch

verb
\ˈkvech, ˈkfech \
kvetched; kvetching; kvetches

Definition of kvetch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to complain habitually : gripe

kvetch

noun

Definition of kvetch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a habitual complainer

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Other Words from kvetch

Verb

kvetcher noun

Noun

kvetchy \ˈkve-​chē, ˈkfe-​ \ adjective

Examples of kvetch in a Sentence

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 mother would spare him another kvetch about still being single
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' review: Series finally run out of gas — but is that Seinfeld's fault?," 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, "Affluent—and Angry—Homeowners Raise Ruckus Over Roar of Overhead Planes," 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, "Remembering Philip Roth, Literary Risk-Taker," 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, "Europe’s Tax War on U.S. Tech," 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, "A World War II quandary: What to do with all those Axis diplomats in D.C.?," 10 Jan. 2018 Everyone likes to kvetch about traffic and driving conditions, but drivers in some cities have far fewer complaints. USA TODAY, "Best and worst U.S. cities for driving: Annual Waze rankings," 9 Dec. 2017 As always, a Boeing-sized round of applause for our host, Brad Rickman, for keeping us on track, and to Condé Nast Traveler editors Betsy Blumenthal, Laura Redman, Sebastian Modak, and Andrea Whittle for kvetching articulately for 45 minutes. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Annoys Us Most at 30,000 Feet: Travelogue Podcast," 27 Oct. 2017 Sitting in the back of the classroom full of kids a quarter his age, Jay kvetches about how Odysseus is a lying adulterer, Telemachus an obedient weakling, and Homer simply wrong about love, war and justice. Giancarlo Buonomo, New Republic, "Some People Just Don’t Like The Odyssey," 3 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What's your favorite subject to kvetch about and why? Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Close Up with Jackie Hoffman on cleaning houses, getting high and kvetching for her one-woman show," 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, "The MVP Award Needs Reimagining—and New Name," 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, "Late Night with David Letterman.," 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, "Late Night with David Letterman.," 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, "Late Night with David Letterman.," 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, "Late Night with David Letterman.," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of kvetch

Verb

circa 1952, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kvetch

Verb

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

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kvetch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of kvetch

: to complain often or constantly

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