pretzel

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

A pretzel

From dialectal German Pretzel, a variant of standard Brezel, from Old High German brezzila, from Medieval Latin brachiatellum, diminutive of Latin bracchium(arm); named for the appearance of folded arms.

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Noun[edit]

pretzel (plural pretzels)

  1. A toasted bread or cracker usually in the shape of a loose knot.
  2. Anything that is knotted, twisted, or tangled.

Verb[edit]

pretzel (third-person singular simple present pretzels, present participle pretzelling or (US) pretzeling, simple past and past participle pretzelled or (US) pretzeled)

  1. (transitive, Canada, US, informal) To bend, twist, or contort.
    They discovered a snake pretzelled into knots.

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

pretzel m (plural pretzels)

  1. to pretzel (toasted bread or cracker in the shape of a knot)