Definition of spaetzle in English:


(also spätzle)

Pronunciation /ˈʃpɛts(ə)l//ˈʃpɛtslə/

plural noun

  • treated as singular or plural Small dumplings of a type made in southern Germany and Alsace, consisting of seasoned dough poached in boiling water.

    • ‘Thursday night dinners are $115 affairs with such courses as roasted chestnut soup, elk scaloppini or leek spaetzle.’
    • ‘Danny had the Grilled Quail with chive spaetzle and lentils and that had more flavor, but not a ton of meat.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a skillet, and add boiled spaetzle.’
    • ‘Most entrées come with the increasingly trendy, notoriously belly-busting egg pasta called spaetzle.’
    • ‘Divide bacon and spaetzle mixture among plates and top each portion with two pieces pork belly.’


From German dialect Spätzle, literally ‘little sparrows’.