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verb (used without object)
  1. to complain, especially chronically.
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  1. Also kvetch·er. a person who kvetches.
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Origin of kvetch

1960–65, Americanism; < Yiddish kvetshn literally, to squeeze, pinch; compare Middle High German, German quetschen
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  1. (intr) slang, mainly US to complain or grumble, esp incessantly
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Word Origin

C20: from Yiddish kvetshn, literally: to squeeze, press
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Word Origin and History for kvetch


"to complain, whine," 1953 (implied in kvetching), from Yiddish kvetshn, literally "squeeze, press," from German quetsche "crusher, presser." As a noun, from 1936 as a term of abuse for a person.

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