[myoos-lee, myooz‐]

Origin of muesli

Borrowed into English from dialectal German around 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for muesli


  1. a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, fruit, etc, eaten with milk

Word Origin for muesli

Swiss German, from German Mus mush, purée + -li, diminutive suffix
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Word Origin and History for muesli

breakfast dish of oats, fruit, milk, 1926, from Swiss-German, from Old High German muos "meal, mush-like food," from Proto-Germanic *mod-sa-, from PIE root *mad- "moist, wet," with derivatives referring to various qualities of food (see mast (n.2)).

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