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See synonyms for: kibitzkibitzedkibitzing on

verb (used without object)
  1. to act as a kibitzer.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Words that may be confused with kibitz

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How to use kibitz in a sentence

  • Watching the body-cam footage again, he noticed how many cops were standing around, kibitzing with the rioters.

    What Mike Fanone Can't Forget | Molly Ball | August 5, 2021 | Time
  • But as those early weeks passed, the opportunity to kibitz never presented itself.

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

  1. (intr) US and Canadian informal to interfere or offer unwanted advice, esp as a spectator at a card game

Origin of kibitz

C20: from Yiddish kibitzen, from German kiebitzen to be an onlooker, from Kiebitz busybody, literally: plover

Derived forms of kibitz

  • kibitzer, noun

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