Kibitz is the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the day


(JTA) — The Oxford English Dictionary’s online word of the day is kibitz.

The dictionary defines the verb as “To watch (a card game or card player) as a spectator, typically while offering (unwelcome) advice or criticism.”

The second definition is closer to the one familiar to the Jewish community: “To chat, banter, or joke (with a person), esp. in a lighthearted or informal manner; to fool around.”

The word comes from the German word kiebitzen.

The dictionary also offers several spellings, including kibitz, kibetz, kabitz and kibbitz.

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