Definition of pretzel in English:


Syllabification: pret·zel
Pronunciation: /ˈpretsəl


  • A crisp biscuit baked in the form of a knot or stick and flavored with salt.
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    • And I can't think of any better vehicle for crunchy grains of coarse salt than pretzels.
    • The plain, salted pretzels weren't ready, but ones stuffed with either cheese or apple cinnamon were available.
    • Should they add hard pretzels and pretzel sticks to their repertoire?

verb (pretzels, pretzeling, pretzeled)

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  • Twist, bend, or contort: he found the snake pretzeled into a tangle of knots
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    • Among the favorite groups to clothe, house and take on a ride are bendable figures with extended limbs that can be ‘pretzeled’ into the most unlikely poses.
    • How does he pretzel himself into that machine, anyway?
    • As she curls up in her chair like a Siamese, I feel my hips press up against the arm rests and wonder where she's finding all that extra space to pretzel her body into feline folds.


mid 19th century: from German Pretzel.

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