But as those early weeks passed, the opportunity to kibitz never presented itself.
He waved a greeting to the desk sergeant and went over to kibitz the card game.
1927, from Yiddish kibitsen "to offer gratuitous advice as an outsider," from German kiebitzen "to look on at cards, to kibitz," originally in thieves' cant "to visit," from Kiebitz, name of a shore bird (European pewit, lapwing) with a folk reputation as a meddler, from Middle High German gibitz "pewit," imitative of its cry. Young lapwings are proverbially precocious and active, and were said to run around with half-shells still on their heads soon after hatching.
: Ixnay on the kabitz. Get me?
[1920s+; fr Yiddish fr German Kiebitz, ''peewit, lapwing,'' a noisy little bird]