kneidlach (KNEYD-luhkh) listen
knaidl (KNAY-dl) listen


Example Sentences

  • "Looking for Gluten free or pesachdik kneidel mix"

  • "When my host opened the lid of the soup, she served me the biggest, and most delicious knaidel I had ever had." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קנײדל kneydl, stemming from Middle High German knödel

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      knaydle, kneydle, knaidle, kneidle, kenaidel, knaydl, kneydl, kneydel, knaydel, kenaidle, kneidel


  • Often used in the plural form: kneidlach / knaydlech / knaidelech / kneydlekh... (קנײדלעך)

    This word became the subject of controversy after it was the winning word in the U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2013. (source)

    See also matzoh ball.

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