Definition of pumpernickel in English:



  • [mass noun] Dark, dense German bread made from coarsely ground wholemeal rye.

    • ‘Rye, white, whole wheat, pumpernickel; any bread could be summoned by a simple wave of his hand.’
    • ‘Don't just think white bread, either - try toasting up cubes of leftover pumpernickel, rye or even garlic bread.’
    • ‘They ate cold Venison with red-currant jelly, potted meats, tongue and fowl accompanied by pumpernickel, toast and rye-bread, and they drank port wine.’
    • ‘Here, for example, is Josef Albers explaining how he approached his famous Homage to the Square paintings: ‘I paint the way I spread butter on pumpernickel.’’
    • ‘One more pass at chicken breast and broccoli - or a head-first dive into that loaf of pumpernickel?’
    • ‘You could, in principle, opt out of the public food system and buy rye, pumpernickel, or seven grain oat-nut crunch at a fancy private store.’
    • ‘She looked with approval into her lunch sack: a large baked-brie-and-roasted-garlic sandwich on pumpernickel, two of her appetizer-sized pork & plum sausage rolls, and an apple tart.’
    • ‘Use slices on pumpernickel or granary bread with horseradish, on crostini or in salads.’
    • ‘The turkey was excellent: sliced extra thin on pumpernickel with plenty of honey mustard.’
    • ‘The numerous kinds ranged in colour and solidity from the deep brown and dense German pumpernickel and the common Russian black bread, to the paler and lighter breads of Poland and Sweden.’
    • ‘Before he passed away a few years ago, he gave me his hoard of recipes, including authentic New York cheesecake, bagels, rye, pumpernickel, challah, cole slaw and many others.’
    • ‘Instead of lightly brown crisps of bread, it popped out slice after slice of burned black planks of pumpernickel.’
    • ‘‘You'll also find that most rye, pumpernickel and oatmeal breads are largely white flour’ they say.’
    • ‘Even sourdough, rye and pumpernickel are often actually colored and flavored white-flour breads.’
    • ‘The exciting range of breads includes croissant, pumpernickel and multigrain.’
    • ‘Rye, pumpernickel and other whole-grain breads are good choices, with about 3 grams per slice.’
    • ‘For a hearty treat, have a slice of the dense raisin pumpernickel.’
    • ‘And if you look carefully, you'll find that most rye, pumpernickel, and oatmeal breads are also largely white flour.’
    • ‘They know that you'll buy the plain, egg, and pumpernickel out of fear of returning to the home front empty handed.’
    • ‘As a heads up, buns and rolls normally go first, Italian bread, most whites, and keep an eye on the rye and pumpernickel.’


Mid 18th century: transferred use of German Pumpernickel lout, bumpkin, of unknown ultimate origin.