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kibitzer

[kib-it-ser]
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noun Informal.
  1. a spectator at a card game who looks at the players' cards over their shoulders, especially one who gives unsolicited advice.
  2. a giver of uninvited or unwanted 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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Origin of kibitzer

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

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Related Words

buttinskysnoopspectatorbusybody

Examples from the Web for kibitzer

Historical Examples

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

    Card Trick

    Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett


Word Origin and History for kibitzer

n.

1927, agent noun from kibitz.

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