kibitzer

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From Yiddish, from Hebrew קיבוץ (kibúts, a gathering). Alternatively, from colloquial German kiebitzen (to be an onlooker at a game).

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kibitzer (plural kibitzers)

  1. A person who offers unsolicited views, advice, or criticism; one who kibitzes.
    Did I ask you what you thought about my card hand, you kibitzer!
    • 1971, John Updike, New York Times review on 'Rabbit Redux', 05/11/71, [1],
      Neither good nor evil exactly, he is the ultimate catalyst or kibitzer, a blue-note howl of pain and laughter such as Charlie Parker might have blown.

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