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Kvell

[k(ə)vel]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Yiddish, 1960s

1.

Feel happy and proud.

Examples of Kvell in a sentence

"The best part of award shows is seeing recipients’ families kvelling over their success."

"Even as conversations quieted, the winning team continued to kvell over their success."

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About Kvell

Kvell comes from the Yiddish word “kveln,” a word that developed from the Middle High German term “quellen” (to well up).

Did you Know?

Yiddish has given us a wealth of words that we use in our everyday lives. Besides kvell, we also have the word “schtick” (a comedic routine), klutz (a clumsy person), and bupkis (nothing), among many others.

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