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From Ukrainian варе́ники pl(varényky), singular варе́ник(varényk), and related terms in other languages, e.g. Russian варе́ники(varéniki) and Plautdietsch Wareniki. The Ukrainian term comes from ва́рений(várenyj, boiled), from вари́ти(varýty, to boil, to cook), from Old East Slavic варити(variti), from Proto-Slavic *variti(to cook) + masculine ending -ик(-yk). Compare вар(var, boiling liquid; cooking, boiling), from Proto-Slavic *varъ, from Proto-Indo-European *wer-(to burn, blacken).


  • IPA(key): /vəˈɹɛniːkiː/



varenyky pl (plural only)

  1. Boiled dumplings stuffed with potato, cheese, or other filling; a serving of these; plural of varenyk.

Usage notes[edit]

The food has come to English through various cultures and languages, and may be spelled according to its cultural context or linguistic source: varenyky in a Ukrainian context, vareniki in a Russian or Jewish context, or wareniki or wareneki in a Mennonite context.

The name of the dish is often treated as plural only, but the singular form varenyk or varenik is in use. Sometimes back-formed plurals like varenikes, varenikis, or varenykys also appear occasionally.




  • “varenyky” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Melʹnyčuk O. S., editor (1982–2012), “варити”, in Etymolohičnyj slovnyk ukrajinsʹkoji movy [Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language] (in Ukrainian), Kiev: Naukova Dumka
  • Rudnycʼkyj, Jaroslav B. (1962–1972), “вар”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language (in Ukrainian), volume I, Winnipeg: Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences, page 313