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also 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.]

kib′itz·er n.
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(ˈkɪb ɪt sər)

n. Informal.
1. a spectator at a card game who reads the players' cards over their shoulders, often giving unsolicited advice.
2. a giver of unsolicited advice.
3. a person who jokes or chats, esp. while others are trying to work.
[1925–30; < Yiddish]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kibitzer - (Yiddish) a meddler who offers unwanted advice to others
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
meddler - an officious annoying person who interferes with others
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Informal. A person given to intruding in other people's affairs:
Slang: buttinsky.
Archaic: pragmatic.
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[ˈkɪbɪtsəʳ] N (US) → mirón/ona m/f
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Now and then I dabble in a bit of buying and selling - a chair here, a book there - but mostly I'm a kibitzer enjoying the action from the sidelines.
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But this humble kibitzer would also include Sissy Spacek, whose quietly wise, wryly funny performance opposite Robert Redford in "The Old Man and the Gun" leavened the film and elevated Redford's crafty but remote character into someone we could care about.
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Like a kibitzer on a woman's shopping trip, I enjoy giving such advice, but I prefer the apprentice to the journeyman--it's far easier to counsel a man with no prefabricated prejudices Jeff Cooper, October 1962
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Again as a chess kibitzer I would like to see more aggressive chess by both players.
Told in the voices of three men--Simonini; an otherworldly abbot who may or may not be the spy's alter-ego, and a postmodern kibitzer known only as "The Narrator"--this he-said/ he-said/he-said setup reconfirms what millions of readers around the world already know: Eco is a profoundly erudite compositor of whimsical philosophical fictions.
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Though oysgegrinte did not survive, such is not the case for shlemiel, shlemazl, yente, klutz, shmendrik, krechtser, kibitzer, kvetsh, noodge, nudnik, shleper, nokhshleper, khokhm, knaker, and gantser knaker, just to name a few human types whose Yiddish name tags are not unfamiliar to us.