spaetz·​le ˈshpet-slə How to pronounce spaetzle (audio)
 also  ˈshpāt-
variants or less commonly spätzle
plural spaetzle or spaetzles also spätzle or spätzles
: a small dumpling cooked by running batter through a colander into boiling water

Examples of spaetzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They also frequent Metzger Bar & Butchery for the duck breast, spaetzle, and pork schnitzel. Paige Porter Fischer, Southern Living, 3 May 2024 Ulrich Gellar, an Ostelsheim retiree, beamed at Mr. Alshebl’s enjoyment of spaetzle, a cheesy noodle dish, and maultaschen, the local dumplings. Erika Solomon, New York Times, 28 May 2023 Morse serves this with her spaetzle dumplings, a recipe also in the book. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2023 Jerk chicken spaetzle: $7. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2022 For main courses, the Amish chicken provided plenty of flavor after being brined, air dried, stuffed with breadcrumbs, butter and preserved lemon, rubbed with a yogurt marinade and roasted, then served with leek spaetzle, pickled vegetables and the crispy chicken thigh, all in a beer jus. John Mariani, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Everything the kitchen pushed out of its small window seemed to hit right in 2005: the butter with radishes and spiky hunks of Acme epi; spearfish with a tangy, fist-size clump of bitter greens and blood orange sections; grilled pork loin with buttery spaetzle nearly as weightless as popcorn. John Birdsall, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2022 Offerings include a giant pretzel with beer cheese and mustard, fried Camembert, pork schnitzel with red cabbage and spaetzle, Hungarian beef goulash and apple strudel. Leeanne Griffin,, 29 Sep. 2020 Otherwise, sausage, sliced hot dogs, bacon, sour cream, cabbage, potatoes, mushrooms, beaten eggs, rice, tarhonya (Hungarian egg barley) and nokedli (Hungarian spaetzle) are all popular mix-ins. Luke Pyenson, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022

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Word History


German Spätzle, from German dialect, diminutive of Spatz sparrow, dumpling

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spaetzle was in 1933

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“Spaetzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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