One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]North American
Feel happy and proud.‘forgive me if I'm kvelling, but this boy will make us proud’
- ‘James kvelled over this and I really enjoyed it.’
- ‘Here was the great equalizer: we all kvelled in unison.’
- ‘Oy, we're kvelling over here about how many mentions of Jews there are in today's New York Post!’
- ‘She lived her life kvelling at the potential human beings had to make the world a better place.’
- ‘So often the kids who were very, very talented, whose parents kvelled over them night and day are the ones who can't succeed.’
1960s: from Yiddish kveln, from Middle High German, literally ‘well up’.
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