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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.


(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]
ˈkibitzer n


(ˈkɪb ɪts)

v.i. Informal.
1. to act as a kibitzer.
2. to offer advice or criticism to as a kibitzer.
[1925–30; < Yiddish kibetsn]


Past participle: kibitzed
Gerund: kibitzing

I kibitz
you kibitz
he/she/it kibitzes
we kibitz
you kibitz
they kibitz
I kibitzed
you kibitzed
he/she/it kibitzed
we kibitzed
you kibitzed
they kibitzed
Present Continuous
I am kibitzing
you are kibitzing
he/she/it is kibitzing
we are kibitzing
you are kibitzing
they are kibitzing
Present Perfect
I have kibitzed
you have kibitzed
he/she/it has kibitzed
we have kibitzed
you have kibitzed
they have kibitzed
Past Continuous
I was kibitzing
you were kibitzing
he/she/it was kibitzing
we were kibitzing
you were kibitzing
they were kibitzing
Past Perfect
I had kibitzed
you had kibitzed
he/she/it had kibitzed
we had kibitzed
you had kibitzed
they had kibitzed
I will kibitz
you will kibitz
he/she/it will kibitz
we will kibitz
you will kibitz
they will kibitz
Future Perfect
I will have kibitzed
you will have kibitzed
he/she/it will have kibitzed
we will have kibitzed
you will have kibitzed
they will have kibitzed
Future Continuous
I will be kibitzing
you will be kibitzing
he/she/it will be kibitzing
we will be kibitzing
you will be kibitzing
they will be kibitzing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kibitzing
you have been kibitzing
he/she/it has been kibitzing
we have been kibitzing
you have been kibitzing
they have been kibitzing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kibitzing
you will have been kibitzing
he/she/it will have been kibitzing
we will have been kibitzing
you will have been kibitzing
they will have been kibitzing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kibitzing
you had been kibitzing
he/she/it had been kibitzing
we had been kibitzing
you had been kibitzing
they had been kibitzing
I would kibitz
you would kibitz
he/she/it would kibitz
we would kibitz
you would kibitz
they would kibitz
Past Conditional
I would have kibitzed
you would have kibitzed
he/she/it would have kibitzed
we would have kibitzed
you would have kibitzed
they would have kibitzed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.kibitz - make unwanted and intrusive comments
comment, point out, remark, notice - make or write a comment on; "he commented the paper of his colleague"


vi (US inf)
(Cards) → kibitzen (inf)
(= chat)plaudern, quatschen (inf)
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