kibitzer

[ kib-it-ser ]
/ ˈkɪb ɪt sər /

noun Informal.

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

Nearby words

  1. kibe,
  2. kibei,
  3. kibi-,
  4. kibitka,
  5. kibitz,
  6. kiblah,
  7. kibosh,
  8. kick,
  9. kick a habit,
  10. kick about

Origin of kibitzer

From Yiddish, dating back to 1925–30; see origin at kibitz, -er1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kibitzer

  • My kibitzer came stalking out of the building, gangling and gawky.

    Card Trick|Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett


Word Origin and History for kibitzer

kibitzer

n.

1927, agent noun from kibitz.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper