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kvetch

 (kvĕch) Slang
intr.v. kvetched, kvetch·ing, kvetch·es
To complain persistently and whiningly.
n.
1. A chronic, whining complainer.
2. A nagging complaint: "a rambling kvetch against the system" (Leonard Ross).

[Yiddish kvetshn, to squeeze, complain, from Middle High German quetzen, quetschen, to squeeze.]

kvetch

(kvɛtʃ)
vb
(intr) informal US to complain or grumble, esp incessantly
[C20: from Yiddish kvetshn, literally: to squeeze, press]

kvetch

(kvɛtʃ)
Slang. v.i.
1. to complain, esp. chronically.
n.
2. Also, kvetch′er. a person who kvetches.
[1950–55; < Yiddish kvetshn literally, to squeeze; compare Middle High German, German quetschen]

kvetch

- To complain chronically or habitually, from Yiddish kvetshn, "pinch, squeeze; complain."
See also related terms for squeeze.

kvetch


Past participle: kvetched
Gerund: kvetching

Imperative
kvetch
kvetch
Present
I kvetch
you kvetch
he/she/it kvetches
we kvetch
you kvetch
they kvetch
Preterite
I kvetched
you kvetched
he/she/it kvetched
we kvetched
you kvetched
they kvetched
Present Continuous
I am kvetching
you are kvetching
he/she/it is kvetching
we are kvetching
you are kvetching
they are kvetching
Present Perfect
I have kvetched
you have kvetched
he/she/it has kvetched
we have kvetched
you have kvetched
they have kvetched
Past Continuous
I was kvetching
you were kvetching
he/she/it was kvetching
we were kvetching
you were kvetching
they were kvetching
Past Perfect
I had kvetched
you had kvetched
he/she/it had kvetched
we had kvetched
you had kvetched
they had kvetched
Future
I will kvetch
you will kvetch
he/she/it will kvetch
we will kvetch
you will kvetch
they will kvetch
Future Perfect
I will have kvetched
you will have kvetched
he/she/it will have kvetched
we will have kvetched
you will have kvetched
they will have kvetched
Future Continuous
I will be kvetching
you will be kvetching
he/she/it will be kvetching
we will be kvetching
you will be kvetching
they will be kvetching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kvetching
you have been kvetching
he/she/it has been kvetching
we have been kvetching
you have been kvetching
they have been kvetching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kvetching
you will have been kvetching
he/she/it will have been kvetching
we will have been kvetching
you will have been kvetching
they will have been kvetching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kvetching
you had been kvetching
he/she/it had been kvetching
we had been kvetching
you had been kvetching
they had been kvetching
Conditional
I would kvetch
you would kvetch
he/she/it would kvetch
we would kvetch
you would kvetch
they would kvetch
Past Conditional
I would have kvetched
you would have kvetched
he/she/it would have kvetched
we would have kvetched
you would have kvetched
they would have kvetched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kvetch - (Yiddish) a constant complainer
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
grumbler, moaner, sniveller, squawker, whiner, bellyacher, complainer, crybaby - a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining
2.kvetch - (Yiddish) a nagging complaint
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
complaint - an expression of grievance or resentment
Verb1.kvetch - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
hen-peck, nag, peck - bother persistently with trivial complaints; "She nags her husband all day long"
backbite - say mean things
grizzle, yammer, yawp, whine - complain whiningly
gnarl, grumble, murmur, mutter, croak - make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath; "she grumbles when she feels overworked"
grouch, grumble, scold - show one's unhappiness or critical attitude; "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled about the increased work load"
protest - utter words of protest
repine - express discontent
beef, bellyache, gripe, grouse, squawk, holler, crab - complain; "What was he hollering about?"
inveigh, rail - complain bitterly
bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament - regret strongly; "I deplore this hostile action"; "we lamented the loss of benefits"
report - complain about; make a charge against; "I reported her to the supervisor"
bleat - talk whiningly
Translations

kvetch

(pej)
n
(= person)Nörgler(in) m(f) (pej)
(= complaint)Nörgelei f (pej)
vinörgeln
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