- a small top with Hebrew letters on each of four sides, spun in a game played by children, esp. during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah
- the game using this top
Origin of dreidelYiddish dreydl ; from Middle High German dræjen, to turn, akin to German drehen: see throw
A toy similar to a spinning top used in games of chance played by children and adults at Hanukkah.
Origin of dreidelYiddish dreydl, from dreyen, to turn, from Middle High German dræjen, from Old High German draen.