Do you know ghouls from goblins and ghosts?
1927, from Yiddish kibitsen "to offer gratuitous advice as an outsider," from German 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 Middle High German 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.
: Ixnay on the kabitz. Get me?verb
[1920s+; fr Yiddish fr German Kiebitz, ''peewit, lapwing,'' a noisy little bird]