A glazed, ring-shaped roll with a tough, chewy texture, made from plain yeast dough that is dropped briefly into nearly boiling water and then baked.
A chewy bread roll made of yeast dough twisted into a doughnutlike shape, cooked in simmering water, then baked.
(slang, among South African Jews) An overly materialistic and excessively groomed young man.
Origin of bagel
From Yiddish בייגל (beygl), ultimately from Old High German bouc, boug- (“ring, bracelet”), from Old High German boug (“ring”), from Proto-Germanic *baug- (“ring”) plus Proto-Germanic *-il (“noun suffix”); cf. obsolete English bee (“metal ring, bracelet”), Middle English bege, beh, Old English bēag, bēah, Old Frisian bāg, Old Saxon bōg, Middle Low German bōg, Old Norse baugr, all from Proto-Germanic *baugaz (“ring”); also compare dialectal Austrian German Beugel, Beigel.