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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Definitions for kibitzer

  1. a giver of uninvited or unwanted advice.
  2. Informal. a spectator at a card game who looks at the players' cards over their shoulders, especially one who gives unsolicited advice.
  3. a person who jokes, chitchats, or makes wisecracks, especially while others are trying to work or to discuss something seriously.

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Citations for kibitzer
Setting up his easel near the Seine, he completed the picture in a few hours, abetted by comments from American tourists, Swiss cyclists and a full-time Parisian kibitzer. , "Amateur Big League: Lawyer on the Left Bank," Life, April 16, 1951
"The winning strategy is to--" "Don't be a kibitzer!" Grampa snapped. "When I need help, I'll ask for it. No dad-blamed machine is gonna outthink Grampa!" He snorted indignantly. James E. Gunn, "The Gravity Business," Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1956
Origin of kibitzer
1925-1930
Kibitzer is an informal word borrowed originally into American English from Yiddish kibitzer (also kibbitzer), a derivative of the Yiddish kibetsn and German kiebitzen “to look over the shoulders of card players and offer unsolicited advice and comments.” The Yiddish and German verbs derive from the noun German Kiebitz “lapwing, plover, busybody.” Kibitzer entered English in the 20th century.