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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.]
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kvetch

(kvɛtʃ)
vb
(intr) informal US to complain or grumble, esp incessantly
[C20: from Yiddish kvetshn, literally: to squeeze, press]
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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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

kvetch

- To complain chronically or habitually, from Yiddish kvetshn, "pinch, squeeze; complain."
See also related terms for squeeze.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

kvetch

(pej)
n
(= person)Nörgler(in) m(f) (pej)
(= complaint)Nörgelei f (pej)
vinörgeln
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"The bureaucracy of the Bronx is not full of Yiddishists," said the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research's Jonathan Brent (or, in the Daily News's inimitable phrasing, "Brent kvetched").
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"I'd like to be able to tell them, `You should respect the President.' And I'd like to be able to tell them both things at the same time." David Gergen, who had worked for both Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon as well as Clinton and therefore could not claim to be a stranger to official dishonesty, decried what he termed "the deep and searing violation [that] took place when he not only lied to the country, but co-opted his friends and lied to them." Chris Matthews kvetched, "Clinton lies knowing that you know he's lying.