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kvetch

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verb \ˈkvech, ˈkfech\

Definition of kvetch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to complain habitually :  gripe

kvetcher

noun

Examples of kvetch in a Sentence

  1. They're always kvetching about something.

  2. a chronically resentful person who seems to look for things to kvetch about

Origin and Etymology of kvetch

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


First Known Use: circa 1952


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kvetch

noun

Definition of kvetch

  1. 1 :  a habitual complainer

  2. 2 :  complaint 1

kvetchy

play \ˈkve-chē, ˈkfe-\ adjective

Examples of kvetch in a Sentence

  1. according to the kvetch on the bus tour, there was little about Europe that was satisfactory

  2. vainly hoped that his mother would spare him another kvetch about still being single

1964

First Known Use of kvetch

1964


KVETCH Defined for English Language Learners

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kvetch

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verb \ˈkvech, ˈkfech\

Definition of kvetch for English Language Learners

  • : to complain often or constantly



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