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Thursday, January 24, 2013

kibitzer

\KIB-it-ser\ , noun;
1.
A giver of uninvited or unwanted advice.
2.
A spectator at a card game who looks at the players' cards over their shoulders, especially one who gives unsolicited advice.
3.
A person who jokes, chitchats, or makes wisecracks, especially while others are trying to work or to discuss something seriously.
Quotes:
Your mother's heart, dear, will mend with the advent of children, and her father's father, a wobbly kibitzer pointing to Kat's mom and muttering, A beautiful strawberry girl, why all the fuss, why all the disunion over a strawberry girl?
-- Peter Orner, Love and Shame and Love
Bronzini looked on, sitting in when someone left but otherwise a kibitzer, unmeddlesome, content to savor the company and try the wine, sometimes good, sometimes overfermented, better used to spike a salad.
-- Richard Russo, Underworld
Origin:
Kibitzer entered English first in America in the 1920s. It comes from the Yiddish word kibetsn (equivalent to German kiebitzen) meaning "to look on at cards."
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