- a coarse, dark, slightly sour bread made of unbolted rye.
Origin of pumpernickel
Examples from the Web for pumpernickel
Pumpernickel cut in slices, dried in an oven and rolled fine may also be used.Desserts and Salads
There was also a great dish of pumpernickel besides the usual food.Pointed Roofs
"I am glad to know you," said I, as Pumpernickel introduced us.Over the Plum Pudding
John Kendrick Bangs
A person who lives in a tower of porcelain and dines on pumpernickel and lobscouse.The Roycroft Dictionary
I am going to visit the old haunts of my youth at Pumpernickel.Men's Wives
William Makepeace Thackeray
- a slightly sour black bread, originating in Germany, made of coarse rye flour
Word Origin and History for pumpernickel
"dark rye bread," 1756, pompernickel, from German (Westphalian dialect) Pumpernickel (1663), originally an abusive nickname for a stupid person, from pumpern "to break wind" + Nickel "goblin, lout, rascal," from proper name Niklaus (see Nicholas). An earlier German name for it was krankbrot, literally "sick-bread."