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pretzel

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛts(ə)l
 
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Definition of pretzel in English:

noun

A crisp biscuit baked in the form of a knot or stick and flavoured with salt.
Example sentences
  • 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)

[with object] North American Back to top  
Twist, bend, or contort: he found the snake pretzeled into a tangle of knots
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century (originally US): from German Pretzel.

Words that rhyme with pretzel

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