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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kib-its]
    • /ˈkɪb ɪts/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kib-its]
    • /ˈkɪb ɪts/

Definitions of kibitzing word

  • verb without object kibitzing to act as a kibitzer. 1
  • verb with object kibitzing to offer advice or criticism to as a kibitzer: to kibitz the team from the bleachers. 1
  • noun kibitzing Present participle of kibitz. 1
  • noun kibitzing The action of the verb to kibitz. 0

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Origin of kibitzing

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
1925-30, Americanism; < Yiddish kibetsn, equivalent to German kiebitzen to look on at cards, derivative of Kiebitz busybody, literally, lapwing, plover

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kibitzing popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 61% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

kibitzing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for kibitzing

adj kibitzing

  • pushy — obnoxiously forward or self-assertive.
  • nosy — unduly curious about the affairs of others; prying; meddlesome.
  • intrusive — tending or apt to intrude; coming without invitation or welcome: intrusive memories of a lost love.
  • meddling — to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation; interfere officiously and unwantedly: Stop meddling in my personal life!
  • busy — When you are busy, you are working hard or concentrating on a task, so that you are not free to do anything else.

verb kibitzing

  • urge — to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
  • charge — If you charge someone an amount of money, you ask them to pay that amount for something that you have sold to them or done for them.
  • prepare — to put in proper condition or readiness: to prepare a patient for surgery.
  • suggest — to mention or introduce (an idea, proposition, plan, etc.) for consideration or possible action: The architect suggested that the building be restored.
  • commend — If you commend someone or something, you praise them formally.

adjective kibitzing

  • interfering — to come into opposition, as one thing with another, especially with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often followed by with): Constant distractions interfere with work.
  • chiselling — (British) present participle of chisel.
  • encumbering — Present participle of encumber.
  • intermeddling — Present participle of intermeddle.
  • interposing — Present participle of interpose.

Antonyms for kibitzing

adj kibitzing

  • ignorant — lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.

verb kibitzing

  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.
  • disapprove — to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
  • deceive — If you deceive someone, you make them believe something that is not true, usually in order to get some advantage for yourself.
  • delude — If you delude yourself, you let yourself believe that something is true, even though it is not true.
  • fool — to trick, deceive, or impose on: They tried to fool him.

adjective kibitzing

  • avoiding — Present participle of avoid.
  • dodging — Present participle of dodge.

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