Definition of kvell in English:

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Pronunciation: /kvɛl/


[no object] North American informal
Feel happy and proud: forgive me if I’m kvelling, but this boy will make us proud
More example sentences
  • Oy, we're kvelling over here about how many mentions of Jews there are in today's New York Post!
  • James kvelled over this and I really enjoyed it.
  • Here was the great equalizer: we all kvelled in unison.


1960s: from Yiddish kveln, from Middle High German, literally 'well up'.

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