kvetch
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Yiddish kvetshn, literally, to squeeze, pinch, from Middle High German quetschen Date: circa 1952 to complain habitually ; gripekvetcher noun II. noun Date: 1964 1. a habitual complainer 2. complaint 1 • kvetchy adjective

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  • Kvetch — est une pièce de théâtre de Steven Berkoff publiée en 1986. Avec Kvetch, Berkoff s exerce à nouveau dans le genre du récit, ce récit dramatique qui donne à ses pièces une existence particulière, un relief stylistique et une signature personnelle …   Wikipédia en Français

  • kvetch — [kvetʃ] v [i]AmE informal [Date: 1900 2000; : Yiddish; Origin: kvetshn to press firmly, complain ] to keep complaining >kvetch n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kvetch — kvetch; kvetch·er; …   English syllables

  • kvetch — (v.) to complain, whine, 1953 (implied in kvetching), from Yiddish kvetshn, lit. squeeze, press, from Ger. quetsche crusher, presser. As a noun, from 1936 as a term of abuse for a person …   Etymology dictionary

  • kvetch — ☆ kvetch [kə vech′ ] vi. [< Yiddish kvechen < Ger quetschen, to pinch, squeeze < MHG quetsen < IE base * gwedh , to injure, destroy] Slang 1. to be urgent or insistent; press; strain 2. to complain in a nagging or whining way n. Slang …   English World dictionary

  • kvetch — kvetch1 [ kvetʃ ] verb intransitive AMERICAN VERY INFORMAL to complain a lot or often kvetch kvetch 2 [ kvetʃ ] noun count AMERICAN VERY INFORMAL someone who kvetches …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • kvetch — AND quetch [kvetj AND kAvetJ] 1. in. to complain. (From German quetschen, ‘to squeeze,’ via Yiddish.) □ Quit your kvetching! □ He quetches from dawn to dusk. 2. n. a complainer. □ What a kvetch you are! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • kvetch — 1. noun /kvɛʧ/ a) Person who endlessly whines or complains. b) Person who finds fault with anything. 2. adjective /kvɛʧ/ Describing a kvetch or kvetcher. 3. verb /kvɛʧ/ To whine or complain, often needlessly …   Wiktionary

  • kvetch —    (kvehtch) [Yiddish, from German] To complain, grumble, or whine, especially habitually. One who kvetches is a kvetcher.    The majority joined the group to gossip and kvetch about their employers …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • kvetch — verb (I) AmE informal to continually complain about something kvetch noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • kvetch — [[t]kvɛtʃ[/t]] sl. 1) cvb sts to complain, esp. chronically 2) cvb sts Also, kvetch′er. a person who kvetches • Etymology: 1950–55; < Yiddish kvetshn lit., to squeeze; cf. MHG, G quetschen …   From formal English to slang

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