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[nok-ee, noh-kee; Italian nyawk-kee]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Italian Cookery.
  1. a dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour, or a combination of these ingredients.
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Origin of gnocchi

1890–95; < Italian, plural of gnocco, orig. Upper Italian (Veneto), perhaps cognate with Tuscan nocca, nocco knuckle < Langobardic *knohha joint; see knuckle
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Related Words for gnocchi

tortellini, ravioli, macaroni, spaghetti, linguine, gnocchi, fettuccini, rigatoni, shells, vermicelli, ziti, lasagna, manicotti, orzo

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Historical Examples of gnocchi

  • And we are going to have gnocchi done in a special way with cheese.

    December Love

    Robert Hichens

  • The gnocchi and the olives must certainly have disagreed with me.

  • Pasticcio di Maccheroni is an excellent macaroni pie, and Gnocchi di Patele are little knobs of paste boiled like macaroni.

  • Then drop the gnocchi one by one into boiling salted water and boil for ten minutes.

British Dictionary definitions for gnocchi


pl n
  1. dumplings made of pieces of semolina pasta, or sometimes potato, used to garnish soup or served alone with sauce
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Word Origin for gnocchi

Italian, plural of gnocco lump, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German knoche bone
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Word Origin and History for gnocchi


1891, from Italian gnocchi, plural of gnocco, from nocchio "a knot in wood," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to knuckle. So called for their shape.

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