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[kvech] /kvɛtʃ/ Slang.
verb (used without object)
to complain, especially chronically.
Also, kvetcher. a person who kvetches.
Origin of kvetch
1960-65, Americanism; < Yiddish kvetshn literally, to squeeze, pinch; compare Middle High German, German quetschen Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kvetch
  • Comedy featuring a couple of girlfriends, both mothers, who come together to kvetch about their hectic but humorous lives.
  • It is far too easy to kvetch and not offer an informed solution.
  • One wonders how his noble rhymes would have incorporated kosher, nosh and kvetch.
  • It seems to me that in the last couple of weeks the kvetch level has become a little high and a little irritating.
  • Mostly its a home for the contrarians of the car world to coagulate and kvetch.
British Dictionary definitions for kvetch


(intransitive) (slang, mainly US) to complain or grumble, esp incessantly
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish kvetshn, literally: to squeeze, press
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Word Origin and History for kvetch

"to complain, whine," 1953 (implied in kvetching), from Yiddish kvetshn, literally "squeeze, press," from German quetsche "crusher, presser." As a noun, from 1936 as a term of abuse for a person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kvetch

knuckle down

verb phrase

To work hard and seriously; stop loafing; buckle down

[1866+; fr the act of putting one's knuckles down to the taw or marble preparing for a careful shot in the game of marbles, a use dating fr the mid-18th century]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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