Definition of kvell in English:

kvell

verb

[NO OBJECT]North American
informal
  • Feel happy and proud.

    ‘forgive me if I'm kvelling, but this boy will make us proud’
    • ‘Here was the great equalizer: we all kvelled in unison.’
    • ‘She lived her life kvelling at the potential human beings had to make the world a better place.’
    • ‘Oy, we're kvelling over here about how many mentions of Jews there are in today's New York Post!’
    • ‘James kvelled over this and I really enjoyed it.’
    • ‘So often the kids who were very, very talented, whose parents kvelled over them night and day are the ones who can't succeed.’

Origin

1960s: from Yiddish kveln, from Middle High German, literally ‘well up’.

Pronunciation

kvell

/kvɛl/