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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb kvetch:


Definition of the noun kvetch

What does kvetch mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: kvetches

  1. (Yiddish) a constant complainer
  2. (Yiddish) a nagging complaint

Alternative definition of the noun kvetch


  1. Person who endlessly whines or complains.
  2. Person who finds fault with anything.

Definition of the adjective kvetch

What does kvetch mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Describing a kvetch or kvetcher.

Definition of the verb kvetch

What does kvetch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: kvetched | kvetching | kvetches

  1. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan complained
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained, 'The mail didn't come today.' | Ellen warned, 'Avoid that hole in the sidewalk.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Ellen complained about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen complained about the situation to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]Susan complained to Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained to Helen, 'The mail didn't come today.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] about [Topic]The prime minister complained to the former president about U.S. interference in his country's affairs

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): bellyache, bitch, boast, brag, complain, crab, gripe, grouch, grouse, grumble, moan, object, whine.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of kvetch: complain / kick / plain / quetch / sound off
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb kvetch


  1. To whine or complain, often needlessly.


"Kvetch" is a book written by T.R. Witomski.

  • genre: Humour
  • released in (26 years ago)
  • award: - Lambda Literary Award for Humor nomination for T.R. Witomski

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Kvetch

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Google preview2017/2018 ASVAB For Dummies with Online Practice (2017)

by Rod Powers

Kvetch is a verb that means to complain; it's also a noun used to refer to a person who complains a lot. 12. A. Acute is an adjective that means having or showing a perceptive understanding or insight; it also means shrewd. 13. B. Inamorata ...

Google preview2017 / 2018 ASVAB For Dummies (2017)

by Rod Powers

Kvetch is a verb that means to complain; it's also a noun used to refer to a person who complains a lot. A. Acute is an adjective that means having or showing a perceptive understanding or insight; it also means shrewd. B. Inamorata is a ...

Google previewThe 6 Secrets of a Lasting Relationship (2001)

by Mark Goulston, Philip Goldberg

Kvetch means to complain or gripe. Kvell, according to Leo Rosten's The Joys of Yiddish, means, “To beam with immense pride and pleasure.” The most common form of kvelling is that of a parent or grandparent over the glorious attributes of a ...

Google previewIn Other Words (2009)

A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World by Christopher J. Moore

kvetchtz (kvetch](noun) A kvetch is the deepest of sighs for all the burdens and troubles of the entire world, past, present, and future.

Google previewOn Our Own in Jerusalem's Old City (2011)

by Vicki Andree

Kvetch means to endlessly whine or complain. 4 The Amidah is the central part of all four services (shacharit – morning, mincha (afternoon), maariv (evening), and mussaf (additional). The word Amidah literally means standing because it is ...

Google previewDictionary of Jewish Words (2010)

A JPS Guide by Joyce Eisenberg, Ellen Scolnic

kvetch 89 the accomplishments and achievements of one's children.“ Congratulations on your daughter's getting into Harvard.You must be kvelling.” kvetch v. Yiddish (KVETCH) To chronically complain or gripe to others over minor issues and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Neurotica (2013)

by Jon Winokur

— Karl Kraus 124 KVETCH kvetch (Yiddish) verb: to gripe or fret; noun:...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2010)

by Julia Cresswell

kook kop kosher kowtow kvetch kylie laager labour labyrinth lace lackadaisical lager lagoon lair lairy laissez—faire. related to knee [OE]. Someone prepared to knuckle down to something is ready to concentrate on a task, but the phrase ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms (2000)

by Robert Hendrickson

kvetch 645 however, can be an intelligent person, just someone badly coordinated. The adjective klutzy is also widely heard. Knickerbocker Rules Baseball's first codified rules; adopted by the New York Knickerbockers baseball team in 1845.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature (2015)

by Alan L. Berger

Thatwas the propensityto kvetch (inthe vernacular), to complain, especially to complaintoGod aboutwhat was goingon, and notnecessarily aboutsuch serious issues as the deadly dangers that PaleofSettlement Jews were exposedto. Literary ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

selfrighteous,selfsatisfied complain 03 nag 04 ache,beef,bind, carp, fuss,girn, hurt,mean, mein, mene, moan, mump 05 bitch, bleat, gripe,groan, growl,grump, meane, plain, whine 06 bemoan, bewail, endure, grouse, grutch, kvetch, lament, ...

Google previewHip-Hop Rhyming Dictionary

by Kevin Mitchell

fertile girdle hurdle myrtle turtle fetch catch etch kvetch retch ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

bo muse benign deplore, complain, whine, regret, sigh, weep, rue, kvetch (Slang) . ant rejoice, jubilate, celebrate, exult. bemuse v. 1 muddle, stupefy, obscure, obfuscate, confound, mix up, confuse, addle, becloud, befuddle, daze, unhinge, ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

-etch, etch, fetch, fletch, ketch, kvetch, ...

Google previewSchirmer's Complete Rhyming Dictionary (2010)

by Paul Zollo

leech outreach peach preach reach reteach screech speech teach unteach ECH backstretch etch fetch homestretch ketch kvetch outstretch retch sketch stretch vetch wretch Long ED accede acned agreed airspeed anteed babied bandied ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 5: Language by Michael Montgomery, Ellen Johnson

kibitz, klutz,kosher, kvetch, maven,mensch,nebbish,schlock, schmooze, schmuck,shalom, andtchotchke. Hebrew names for popular holidays and celebrations, such as Chanukah and bar mitzvah, are used among Jews and non -Jews alike.

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Kvetch Meaning

Video shows what kvetch means. To whine or complain, often needlessly.. kvetch synonyms: kvetcher, whiner. kvetch pronunciation. How to pronounce ...

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Scrabble value of K5V4E1T1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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