[ kib-its ]
/ ˈkɪb ɪts /

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.

Origin of kibitz

1925–30, Americanism; < Yiddish kibetsn, equivalent to German kiebitzen to look on at cards, derivative of Kiebitz busybody, literally, lapwing, plover
Can be confusedkibbutz kibitz Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kibitz

  • But as those early weeks passed, the opportunity to kibitz never presented itself.

    "Dave's Whipping Boy"|Paul Shaffer|October 2, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • 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 Formskibitzer, 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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