- to be urgent or insistent; press; strain
- to complain in a nagging or whining way
Origin of kvetch; from Yiddish kvechen ; from German quetschen, to pinch, squeeze ; from Middle High German quetsen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwedh-, to injure, destroy
intransitive verbkvetched, kvetch·ing, kvetch·es
- A chronic, whining complainer.
- A nagging complaint: “a rambling kvetch against the system” (Leonard Ross).
Origin of kvetchYiddish kvetshn, to squeeze, complain, from Middle High German quetzen, quetschen, to squeeze.
(third-person singular simple present kvetches, present participle kvetching, simple past and past participle kvetched)
- To whine or complain, often needlessly.
- Person who endlessly whines or complains; a person who finds fault with anything.
- An instance of kvetching; a complaint or whine.
From Yiddish קוועטשן (kvetshn), cognate to German quetschen (“crush, press”).