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Date: 1900-2000
Language: Yiddish
Origin: kibitsen, from German kiebitzen, from kiebitz 'lapwing' (type of bird that makes a lot of noise)

kibitz

verb
     
kib‧itz [intransitive] American English informal
1 to make unhelpful remarks while someone is doing something
2 to talk about things that everyone already knows in a boring way:
incessant philosophical kibitzing
kibitzer noun [countable]
the usual crowd of kibitzers

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