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

1965–70, Americanism; < Yiddish kveln be delighted; compare Middle High German, German quellen well up, gush
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  1. (intr) informal, mainly US to be happy or show satisfaction
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Word Origin

C20: from Yiddish kveln to well up
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