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kvell

[ kvel ]
/ kvɛl /
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verb (used without object) Slang.
to be extraordinarily pleased; especially, to be bursting with pride, as over one's family.
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Origin of kvell

An Americanism first recorded in 1965–70; from Yiddish kveln “be delighted”; compare Middle High German, German quellen “well up, gush”

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British Dictionary definitions for kvell

kvell
/ (kvɛl) /

verb
(intr) informal, mainly US to be happy or show satisfaction

Word Origin for kvell

C20: from Yiddish kveln to well up
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