Alternative Spellings

sufganiot, sufganyot


  • jelly-filled donuts traditionally eaten on Chanukah

Example Sentences

  • He brought home sufganiyot for the kids.

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew


סופגניות sufganiyot (sg. סופגנייה/סופגניה sufganiya), may derive from Hebrew word for sponge (ספוג), as in a spongecake

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


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)


The food seems to predate the Modern Hebrew term. In Yiddish they are known as פּאָנטשקעס pontshkes. Singular seems less commonly used in English; this parallels the English word homentashen (where the Yiddish singular, homentash, is rarely used in English).

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