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A bagel.

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PIE root

From Yiddish בייגל ‎(beygl), ultimately from Old High German bouc, boug- ‎(ring, bracelet), from Old High German boug ‎(ring), from Proto-Germanic *baug- ‎(ring) plus Proto-Germanic *-il ‎(noun suffix); compare obsolete English bee ‎(metal ring, bracelet), Middle English bege, beh, Old English bēag, bēah, Old Frisian bāg, Old Saxon bōg, Middle Low German bōg, Old Norse baugr, all from Proto-Germanic *baugaz ‎(ring); also compare dialectal Austrian German Beugel, Beigel. See also beag.



bagel ‎(plural bagels)

  1. A toroidal bread roll that is boiled before it is baked.
  2. (tennis, slang) A score of 6-0 in a set (after the shape of a bagel, which looks like a zero).
    • 2011 January 30, Piers Newbery, “Australian Open: Djokovic too good for Murray in final”[1], BBC:
      The Scot, who had been close to a two-set deficit in his semi-final against David Ferrer, avoided the dreaded bagel by seeing off a set point at 5-0 down before finally breaking the Djokovic serve to love as he began to go for his shots with the set seemingly gone.
  3. (slang, South Africa) overly materialistic and selfish young Jewish man



  • (spoiled young Jewish man): JAP (US, Autralia)

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (spoiled young Jewish man): kugel (South Africa)

See also[edit]


  • bagel” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Wikipedia-logo.png Bagel on Wikipedia.Wikipedia




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bagel m (plural bagels)

  1. bagel (toroidal bread roll)