To feel or express pride about something or someone.
(informal) To beam or exclaim joyfully and proudly, as over the achievements of a family member.
Origin of kvell
- Yiddish kveln to be delighted with, beam with pride from Middle High German quellen to gush from Old High German quellan Old English cwylla spring, water well
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Yiddish קװעלן (kveln), from an old Germanic word akin to German quellen, "well up".