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[kvel] /kvɛl/
verb (used without object), Slang.
to be extraordinarily pleased; especially, to be bursting with pride, as over one's family.
Origin of kvell
1965-70, Americanism; < Yiddish kveln be delighted; compare Middle High German, German quellen well up, gush Unabridged
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  • Moms can kibitz and kvell about why their kids are such a great catch and what they're looking for in a match.
British Dictionary definitions for kvell


(intransitive) (informal, mainly US) to be happy or show satisfaction
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish kveln to well up
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To display pride and satisfaction; beam: The elderly couple kvell also upon making contact with a Jewish airstrip/ Hollywood agents, kissing and kvelling

[1967+; fr Yiddish, literally ''gush, flow forth'']

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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