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/ ˈkɪb ɪts /
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verb (used without object)
to act as a kibitzer.
verb (used with object)
to offer advice or criticism to as a kibitzer: to kibitz the team from the bleachers.
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Origin of kibitz
1925–30, Americanism;<Yiddish kibetsn, equivalent to German kiebitzen to look on at cards, derivative of Kiebitz busybody, literally, lapwing, plover
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH kibitzkibbutz, kibitz
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Example sentences from the Web for kibitz
But as those early weeks passed, the opportunity to kibitz never presented itself.
"Just as soon kibitz," he insisted, drawing up a chair behind me as I took his seat.Card Trick|Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
He waved a greeting to the desk sergeant and went over to kibitz the card game.The Circuit Riders|R. C. FitzPatrick
British Dictionary definitions for kibitz
/ (ˈkɪbɪts) /
(intr) US and Canadian informal to interfere or offer unwanted advice, esp as a spectator at a card game
Derived forms of kibitzkibitzer, noun
Word Origin for kibitz
C20: from Yiddish kibitzen, from German kiebitzen to be an onlooker, from Kiebitz busybody, literally: plover
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