- "to chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues" (JPS)
- "All my 90 year old grandmother does is kvetch about not being able to do the things she used to do."
Languages of Origin
קװעטשן kvetshn 'to press, squeeze, pinch' (קװעטשן זיך kvetshn zikh 'to strain'), verbal stem is קװעטש kvetsh
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
Rosten: The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
Yiddish: Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The meaning of the J-E word differs from the original Yiddish (see Etymology).
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