To kvetch is to grumble and complain at length. Kids who kvetch for days about never having gone to Disney World are unlikely to convince their parents to take them.

When you kvetch, you whine or grumble or bellyache about something. It's an informal way to describe a very annoying activity, and you can also call the complaint itself a kvetch, as well as the person doing the complaining. In fact, this it the original Yiddish meaning, from kvetshn, "squeeze" or "press," which has a German root, quetsche, or "crusher."

Definitions of kvetch

v express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

complain, kick, plain, quetch, sound off
cheer, cheer up, chirk up
become cheerful
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hen-peck, nag, peck
bother persistently with trivial complaints
backbite, bitch
say mean things
grizzle, whine, yammer, yawp
complain whiningly
croak, gnarl, grumble, murmur, mutter
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
grouch, grumble, scold
show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
utter words of protest
express discontent
beef, bellyache, bitch, crab, gripe, grouse, holler, squawk
inveigh, rail
complain bitterly
bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament
regret strongly
complain about; make a charge against
talk whiningly
declaim, inveigh
speak against in an impassioned manner

n (Yiddish) a constant complainer

Type of:
bellyacher, complainer, crybaby, grumbler, moaner, sniveller, squawker, whiner
a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining

n (Yiddish) a nagging complaint

Type of:
an expression of grievance or resentment

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