kvell

[ kvel ]
/ kvɛl /

verb (used without object) Slang.

to be extraordinarily pleased; especially, to be bursting with pride, as over one's family.

Nearby words

  1. kva,
  2. kvaløy,
  3. kvass,
  4. kveim antigen,
  5. kveim test,
  6. kvetch,
  7. kvetchy,
  8. kw,
  9. kwa,
  10. kwacha

Origin of kvell

1965–70, Americanism; < 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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