Definition of kvetch in English:

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Pronunciation: /kvɛtʃ/
North American informal


1A person who complains a great deal: she emerges as something of a kvetch, constantly nagging Rick
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  • Zoole, a hopeless kvetch, has good reason to complain.
  • And I don't want to seem like a kvetch, but where's the dessert?
  • Sure enough, at the end of his workday he is a kvetch who goads a black youngster into reaching for a gun and shoots him dead.
1.1A complaint: ‘They don’t make ’em like they used to' has become an all-purpose kvetch
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  • To make the guest list, invitees would have to possess the ability to grumble, rant, complain, gripe, fuss, snarl, groan, scream and kvetch - preferably all at the same time.
  • I have a kvetch about my meal being cooked in the body fat of a dead animal.
  • My one kvetch was that not enough music was played from the Train A Comin’ album.


[no object]
Complain persistently: Jane’s kvetching about her crummy existence
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  • Just think, if the people who are now kvetching about freedom of speech simply posted their names on the website, then none of the speculation would have happened.
  • Coincidentally, he'd been kvetching to me about the lack of masquerade balls, just before I found out that there was going to be one.
  • I stand to the side, watching, listening to him kvetch about my lack of proper kitchen equipment.


1960s: from Yiddish kvetsh (noun), kvetshn (verb), from Middle High German quetschen, literally 'crush'.

Words that rhyme with kvetch

etch, fetch, ketch, lech, outstretch, retch, sketch, stretch, vetch, wretch

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