kvell

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish קוועלן (kveln), from an old Germanic word akin to German quellen (well up).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

kvell (third-person singular simple present kvells, present participle kvelling, simple past and past participle kvelled)

  1. (intransitive, US slang) To feel delighted and proud to the point of tears; to boast; to gloat.
    • 2013, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge, Vintage 2014, p. 4:
      ‘Magnificent residence,’ she pretended to kvell, ‘maybe I'm in the wrong business?’