kugel

Alternative Spellings

kigel, kugl, kigl, kugeleh

Definitions

  • Baked pudding or casserole made with eggs and various ingredients, including noodles, potatoes, or spinach
  • The South African equivalent of a "Jewish American Princess"

Example Sentences

  • Advertisement on Yiddishkeit LA's web page: "2nd non-annual kugl kukh-off...Whatever you call it and whatever you put in it, kugl is the ultimate in American Jewish culinary creativity, that sweet or savory dish that seems to find its way to your plate at every holiday and family gathering."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

קוגל kugl

Who Uses This

Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America, South Africa

Dictionaries

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)

Notes

The way this word is pronounced, and whether it is sweet or salty, is based on geographic region in Eastern Europe.

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