One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]North American
1Look on and offer unwelcome advice, especially at a card game.
interfere, butt in, intrude, intervene, interlope, pry, poke, nose, busybody, interpose, obtrude, thrustView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the third act, Turai hilariously kibitzes and harasses Almady as he plays out the play within the play with Ilona.’
- ‘Who are we to kibitz from the sidelines without access to secret briefings, intelligence, knowledge, and all of the apparatus of government?’
- ‘In addition to the formal legal process, a number of academics, lobbyists, journalists, and commentators have been kibitzing and barracking from the sidelines.’
- 1.1 Speak informally; chat.‘she kibitzed with friends’
- ‘The two of them are still close as they kibitz among the consumer goods.’
- ‘And as an editor there he got to kibitz and tipple with the likes of Dorothy Parker, Stephen Vincent Benet and P.G. Woodhouse.’
- ‘They joked and kibitzed for a few minutes, and Axel was totally won over.’
- ‘We kibitzed about the game on Friday as he handed me a large piece of pumpkin pie that I devoured instantly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They visit, gossip, spy and tease; and while they are so engaged, the main character snoops and kibitzes with us.’
- ‘It was one way to lighten up the patients in the hospital, kibitz a little bit.’
- ‘I basically advised them on the accuracy of the film and verisimilitude issues, kibitzed with them.’
- ‘The division of labor appears to be Lydon upstairs and Regis downstairs, but everyone works and kibitzes with everyone else.’
- ‘Al had the ability to kibitz with the players but he also knew when it was time to put his foot down.’
- ‘A building can be organized to maximize interaction, so that people bump into each other and talk, drink, flirt, eat, complain, kibitz.’
- ‘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.’
1920s: Yiddish, from colloquial German, from German Kiebitz ‘interfering onlooker’ (literally ‘lapwing’).
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