kvetch

Definitions

  • "to chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "All my 90 year old grandmother does is kvetch about not being able to do the things she used to do."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קװעטשן kvetshn 'to press, squeeze, pinch' (קװעטשן זיך kvetshn zikh 'to strain'), verbal stem is קװעטש kvetsh

Who Uses This

Jews, Older, Non-Jews, Ashkenazim

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Rosten, Yiddish, JPS

Notes

The meaning of the J-E word differs from the original Yiddish (see Etymology).

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