or krul·ler



a rich, light cake cut from a rolled dough and deep-fried, usually having a twisted oblong shape and sometimes topped with sugar or icing.
Also called French cruller. a rich, light, raised doughnut, often with a ridged surface and sometimes topped with white icing.

Origin of cruller

1795–1805, Americanism; < Dutch krul curl + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cruller

doughnut, pastry, bread, muffin, scone, bun, Danish, eclair, cruller, sinker, dunker

Examples from the Web for cruller

Historical Examples of cruller

  • Mark seized his third almost boiling cruller and turned to Billy.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • When she came out she asked her mother: 'Ma, can I have a cruller?'

    Dave Porter and His Rivals

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • She snatched the cruller off just in time to save it, and the room echoed her laughter.

  • There were three cookies, a cruller, and some chocolates in a box near the bottom.

    The Open Question

    Elizabeth Robins

  • As they had no cutter they used a knife, and twisted them, making them in shape like a cruller.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army

    Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill

British Dictionary definitions for cruller




US and Canadian a light sweet ring-shaped cake, fried in deep fat

Word Origin for cruller

C19: from Dutch krulle, from krullen to curl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cruller

1805, American English, apparently from Dutch kruller, from krullen "to curl," from Middle Dutch crullen, related to curl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper