kvetch

[ kvech ]
/ kvɛtʃ /
Slang.

verb (used without object)

to complain, especially chronically.

noun

Also kvetch·er. a person who kvetches.

Origin of kvetch

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

/ (kvɛtʃ) /

verb

(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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