Definition of kibitz in English:

kibitz

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
informal
  • 1Look on and offer unwelcome advice, especially at a card game.

    ‘Brigham stood behind them, kibitzing’
    • ‘In addition to the formal legal process, a number of academics, lobbyists, journalists, and commentators have been kibitzing and barracking from the sidelines.’
    • ‘Relieving the tension of hours below surface, crewmen on board a U.S. Navy submarine play a round of cards while a shipmate kibitzes from his bunk.’
    • ‘It is not polite to kibitz during other people's games, unless you have permission from both players.’
    • ‘You take pictures from beginning to end - lots of them inside and outside of the plane - and even if you're a pilot, stay out of the way and don't kibitz.’
    • ‘In the third act, Turai hilariously kibitzes and harasses Almady as he plays out the play within the play with Ilona.’
    • ‘Gruff, inhospitable, and monolingual, the Russians sprawl in folding chairs, kibitz around card tables, smoke in defiance of ‘no smoking ‘signs, and studiously ignore customers who stray past their booths.’
    • ‘Who are we to kibitz from the sidelines without access to secret briefings, intelligence, knowledge, and all of the apparatus of government?’
    interfere, butt in, intrude, intervene, interlope, pry, poke, nose, busybody, interpose, obtrude, thrust
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  • 2Speak informally; chat.

    ‘she kibitzed with friends’
    • ‘During the practice round before my Masters victory in 1997, Arnold, Jack and I had the best time kibitzing over bets.’
    • ‘Well, I guess we could kibitz a little first about the word ‘formal,’ and whether it can really be used to point to a certain sort of poem.’
    • ‘Al had the ability to kibitz with the players but he also knew when it was time to put his foot down.’
    • ‘We kibitzed about the game on Friday as he handed me a large piece of pumpkin pie that I devoured instantly.’
    • ‘A building can be organized to maximize interaction, so that people bump into each other and talk, drink, flirt, eat, complain, kibitz.’
    • ‘There is ample room for family members to kibitz with the cook, and adequate circulation space for guests who always seem to nosh where food and drinks are being served.’
    • ‘I basically advised them on the accuracy of the film and verisimilitude issues, kibitzed with them.’
    • ‘The two of them are still close as they kibitz among the consumer goods.’
    • ‘They joked and kibitzed for a few minutes, and Axel was totally won over.’
    • ‘It was one way to lighten up the patients in the hospital, kibitz a little bit.’
    • ‘They visit, gossip, spy and tease; and while they are so engaged, the main character snoops and kibitzes with us.’
    • ‘And as an editor there he got to kibitz and tipple with the likes of Dorothy Parker, Stephen Vincent Benet and P.G. Woodhouse.’
    • ‘The division of labor appears to be Lydon upstairs and Regis downstairs, but everyone works and kibitzes with everyone else.’

Origin

1920s: Yiddish, from colloquial German, from German Kiebitz ‘interfering onlooker’ (literally ‘lapwing’).

Pronunciation

kibitz

/ˈkɪbɪts/