Word Origin & History
1927, from Yiddish kibitsen "to offer gratuitous advice as an outsider," from Ger. kiebitzen "to look on at cards, to kibitz," originally in thieves' cant "to visit," from Kiebitz, name of a shore bird (European pewit, lapwing) with a folk reputation as a meddler, from M.H.G. gibitz "pewit," imitative
of its cry. Young lapwings are proverbially precocious and active, and were said to run around with half-shells still on their heads soon after hatching.