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Attested since 16th century, further origin unknown. Perhaps from a variant of Knödel,[1] such as Silesian East Central German knudel. The unusual loss of k- is apparently attested in West Flemish noedel (dumpling). If already Middle Dutch, such a dialectal form might have been brought to eastern Germany by Flemish settlers. (Standard Dutch noedel stems from the German.)

An alternative theory derives it from Ladin menudli (small piece of dough found in soup), from Latin minutulus, diminutive of minūtus (diminished, diminutive, lessened).


  • IPA(key): /ˈnuːdəl/, [ˈnuːdl̩]
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Nudel f (genitive Nudel, plural Nudeln, diminutive Nüdelchen n)

  1. a noodle, a string or lump of pasta
  2. (in the plural) pasta
  3. (in compounds) certain other kinds of pastries
  4. (informal) a person, usually female, who is funny and cheerful, especially when also having a pleasantly plump, buxom figure


Derived terms[edit]


  • Dutch: noedel
  • English: noodle
  • Faroese: nudla
  • French: nouille
  • Icelandic: núðla


  1. ^ Wolfgang Pfeifer, editor (1993), “Nudel”, in Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen (in German), 2nd edition, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, →ISBN

Further reading[edit]

  • Nudel” in Duden online
  • Nudel” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Pennsylvania German[edit]


Compare German Nudel, English noodle.


Nudel f (plural Nudle)

  1. noodle, pasta
  2. vermicelli