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to offer unwanted advice or criticism; to be a busybody
Not to be confused with:
kibbutz – a community settlement organized under collectivist principles
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kib·itzalso kib·bitz (kĭb′ĭts)
intr.v. kib·itzed, kib·itz·ing, kib·itz·es also kib·bitzed or kib·bitz·ing or kib·bitz·es Informal
1. To chat; converse: "[They] are very reserved people and prefer not to kibitz with strangers" (Ann Marie Sabath).
2. To offer unwanted or meddlesome advice, such as that given by the spectator of a card game.
[Yiddish kibitsen, from German kiebitzen, from Rotwelsch (German underground argot) kibitschen, to search (a prisoner), inspect, of unknown origin.]
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(intr) informal US and Canadian to interfere or offer unwanted advice, esp as a spectator at a card game
[C20: from Yiddish kibitzen, from German kiebitzen to be an onlooker, from Kiebitz busybody, literally: plover]
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1. to act as a kibitzer.v.t.
2. to offer advice or criticism to as a kibitzer.
[1925–30; < Yiddish kibetsn]
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Past participle: kibitzed
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