verb (used without object)

to complain, especially chronically.


Also kvetch·er. a person who kvetches.

Nearby words

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

Origin of kvetch

1960–65, Americanism; < Yiddish kvetshn literally, to squeeze, pinch; compare Middle High German, German quetschen

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British Dictionary definitions for kvetch



(intr) slang, mainly US to complain or grumble, esp incessantly

Word Origin for kvetch

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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