Meaning of kvell in English:


Pronunciation /kvɛl/


[no object] informal North American
  • Feel happy and proud.

    • ‘forgive me if I'm kvelling, but this boy will make us proud’
    • ‘James kvelled over this and I really enjoyed it.’
    • ‘Here was the great equalizer: we all kvelled in unison.’
    • ‘She lived her life kvelling at the potential human beings had to make the world a better place.’
    • ‘So often the kids who were very, very talented, whose parents kvelled over them night and day are the ones who can't succeed.’
    • ‘People are in a celebratory mood and just kvelling over this incredible, historic moment.’


1960s from Yiddish kveln, from Middle High German, literally ‘well up’.