pum·​per·​nick·​el ˈpəm-pər-ˌni-kəl How to pronounce pumpernickel (audio)
: a dark coarse sourdough bread made of unbolted rye flour

Examples of pumpernickel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Country white, hearty wheat, oatmeal or – a favorite of Hall's – pumpernickel. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 Rosenthal samples thick slices of smoky hot pastrami slathered with robust mustard on pumpernickel bread. Laura Manske, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 The Esprit's Brembo calipers—as big as individual loaves of pumpernickel—look and act like racing brakes. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 8 Aug. 2023 Dress them up by serving on little pumpernickel toast with cream cheese and dill sprigs or at a casual cookout as a yummy burger topper. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2023 And this creation offered the choice between rye and pumpernickel. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 If he’s always wanted to try the pumpernickel and rye swirl bread, go for it. Author: Anne Wolfe Postic, Entrée, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2021 Served on sourdough or pumpernickel, this garish-and-gooey limited-run sandwich ($10) will be available June 3-6 at Pom Pom’s in Orlando’s Milk District. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 1 June 2021 The pumpernickel bagel with olive cream cheese is absolutely fire, salty and crunchy. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 4 Nov. 2022

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Word History


German, from pumpern to break wind + Nickel goblin; from its reputed indigestibility

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pumpernickel was in 1738

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Cite this Entry

“Pumpernickel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pumpernickel. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


pum·​per·​nick·​el ˈpəm-pər-ˌnik-əl How to pronounce pumpernickel (audio)
: a dark coarse somewhat sour rye bread

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