- pasta in the form of small, variously shaped dumplings of flour, and often potato, served with a sauce
- pl. -·chi or -·chis one of these dumplings
Origin of gnocchiIt, plural of gnocco, dumpling, altered from nocchio, knot (in wood), probably from Langobardic; akin to Middle High German knoche, a knot, gnarl: for Indo-European base see knuckle
Origin of gnocchiItalian pl. of gnocco from dialectal Italian (Venetian)Italian nocca knuckle of Germanic origin Middle High German knoche bone Middle English knokel knuckle
From Italian gnocchi, plural of gnocco (“dumpling”, literally “lump”), from nocchio (“knot (in wood)”), from Lombardic *knohha (“knuckle, bone, knot”), from Proto-Germanic *knukōn (“bone”), *kneukaz (“tuber, knuckle”), from Proto-Indo-European *gneu- (“knot, bundle”). Cognate with Middle High German knoche (“bone, knot”), Middle Dutch knoke (“knuckle, knob, knot”), Swedish knoge (“knuckle”). More at knuckle.