kvell
intransitive verb Etymology: Yiddish kveln to be delighted, from Middle High German quellen to well, gush, swell Date: circa 1952 to be extraordinarily proud ; rejoice

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  • kvell — [kə vel′] vi. [Yiddish] Informal to exclaim joyfully or proudly, esp. in boasting of the achievements of a family member …   English World dictionary

  • kvell — /kvel/, v.i. Slang. to be extraordinarily pleased; esp., to be bursting with pride, as over one s family. [1965 70, Amer.; < Yiddish kveln be delighted; cf. MHG, G quellen well up, gush] * * * …   Universalium

  • kvell — verb To feel delighted and proud to the point of tears …   Wiktionary

  • kvell — v. (from Yiddish) feel proud; be extremely proud; be exceptionally pleased; rejoice (Slang used in Canada and the USA) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kvell —    (kvehl) [Yiddish, from German: to gush] To be delighted; to be bursting with pride, as over some accomplishment by a family member or a friend …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • kvell — [kvɛl] verb N. Amer. informal feel happy and proud. Origin 1960s: from Yiddish kveln, from Mid. High Ger., lit. well up …   English new terms dictionary

  • kvell — [[t]kvɛl[/t]] sl. cvb sts to be extraordinarily pleased; esp., to be bursting with pride, as over one s family • Etymology: 1965–70, amer.; < Yiddish kveln be delighted; cf. MHG, G quellen to well up, gush …   From formal English to slang

  • kvell — intransitive verb also kvel ˈkvel (kvelled ; kvelled ; kvelling ; kvels) Etymology: Yiddish kveln to be delighted, from Middle High German quellen to well, gush, swell, from Old High German quellan more at devil : to be extraordinarily proud :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Yiddish words used by English-speaking Jews — Yiddish words may be used in a primarily English language context. An English sentence that uses these words sometimes is said to be in Yinglish, however the primary meaning of Yinglish is an anglicism used in Yiddish. This secondary sense of the …   Wikipedia

  • List of English words of Yiddish origin — For Yiddish words used by English speaking Jews (that are not necessarily English), see Yiddish words used by English speaking Jews. This is a list of English words of Yiddish origin, many of which have entered the English language by way of… …   Wikipedia

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