קוועטשן

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Yiddish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate to German quetschen, and more distantly to English squeeze.

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Verb[edit]

קוועטשן (kvetshn) (past participle געקוועטשט(gekvetsht))

  1. to squeeze, press, pinch
    • 1912, Sholem Aleykhem, Oreme un freylekhe (Poor and Happy), p. 109 (in modernised orthography):
      איך קוועטש דיר די האַנט מיט גרויס ליבשאַפֿט און בלײַב אויף אייביק דײַן געטרײַע, געטרײַע כּלה...‎‎
      ikh kvetsh dir di hant mit groys libshaft un blayb oyf eybik dayn getraye, getraye kale...
      I squeeze your hand with a great deal of love and forever remain your faithful, faithful bride...
  2. (especially US) to bother, kvetch, complain

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  • English: kvetch