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From Yiddish קוועטשן (kvetshn), cognate to German quetschen (crush, press).

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kvetch (third-person singular simple present kvetches, present participle kvetching, simple past and past participle kvetched)

  1. To whine or complain, often needlessly and incessantly.
    • 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint
      Is this truth I’m delivering up, or is it just plain kvetching? Or is kvetching for people like me a form of truth?
    • 2001, Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil
      Make a commitment, Charlie. Go with life or go with death, but quit the kvetching. Don’t keep us all in suspense.

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kvetch (plural kvetches)

  1. Person who endlessly whines or complains; a person who finds fault with anything.
  2. An instance of kvetching; a complaint or whine.

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