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kibitzer

[kib-it-ser] /ˈkɪb ɪt sər/
noun, Informal.
1.
a spectator at a card game who looks at the players' cards over their shoulders, especially one who gives unsolicited advice.
2.
a giver of uninvited or unwanted advice.
3.
a person who jokes, chitchats, or makes wisecracks, especially while others are trying to work or to discuss something seriously.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Yiddish; see kibitz, -er1
Synonyms
2. meddler, busybody, snoop.
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Examples for kibitzer
  • When the kibitzer sees something memorable, he eagerly reports it to the press, hoping for reflected glory.
Word Origin and History for kibitzer
n.

1927, agent noun from kibitz.

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kibitzer

noun

A person who gives intrusive advice: I don't mind admitting that a good kibitzer has 20-20 hindsight (1920s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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