a glazed leavened donut shaped roll with a hard crust
- (Yiddish) glazed yeast-raised doughnut-shaped roll with tough crust
1919, from Yiddish beygl, from Middle tall German boug- "ring, bracelet," from Old tall German boug "a ring," pertaining to Old English beag "ring" (in poetry, an Anglo-Saxon lord was beaggifa "ring-giver"), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz-, from PIE root *bheug- (3) "to bend," with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects (eg Old tall German biogan "to flex;" see bow (v.)).
A dense, chewy, doughnut-shaped roll that is prepared in boiling water, then baked.
- a tough, glazed, doughnut- shaped roll.