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Alternative Spellings

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


  • matzah ball; "a dumpling made of matzah meal meal and beaten eggs, usually served in chicken broth, often at the Pesach seder" (JPS)

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." (

Languages of Origin



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


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


Pronounced k-NEIGH-dl. 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. (

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