(informal) (usually either disapproving or humorous)
to watch other people doing something and make comments or give advice about it, often in an annoying way
Two Example Dialogues Using ‘Kibitz’
🙂: What did you do with the girls last night? Did you go out?
😁: We sat around in our pajamas watching The Bachelorette and kibitzing while we wolfed down popcorn and Skittles. It was great!
😟: I wish I fit in with the other teachers, but they’re so cliquish. They sit in the teacher’s lounge and make nasty little comments about everyone. I shudder to think what they say about me when I’m not there.
😒: Oh, you ignore those kibitzers. They sound like a bunch of dunderheads.
Examples of ‘Kibitz’ from the News
“Don’t be that guy who comes in at the crack of 9:20 a.m., then leaves right away to get coffee, comes back and kibitzes with his co-workers. Just get right to work. If someone is going on a coffee run, pay for it and stay at your desk.”
– Jack Kelly, “9 Effortless Ways to Make Your Boss And Co-Workers Love You”, 11 September 2019
“Slim and spry, Charles loves oysters. He can’t seem to get enough of them. And he can’t seem to get enough of them. And he can’t seem to get enough of life either. King is a well-known resident at White Cliffs condominium community and golf course in Cedarville. He manages to get around just fine without aid of a cane or other assistance and loves to kibitz with neighbors.”
– David Kindy, “VIDEO: At 100, Plymouth resident attributes long life to oysters and daughter’s care”, 24 August 2019
Special Notes on the Word ‘Kibitz’
This word came into English from Yiddish. Yiddish has given us tons of words, actually! How many of these do you know?
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Pronunciation of ‘Kibitz’
Sources: Definition of ‘Kibitz’
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